How to Make a Cuba Libre

Created during the 1898 Spanish-American War to liberate Cuba, the Cuba Libre was originally mixed at a bar by an off-duty U.S. soldier. It has since become the liberating libation of choice for freedom-loving drinkers around the world.


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You Will Need

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. rum
  • Cola
  • A highball glass
  • 2 lime wedges
  • A swizzle stick


  1. Step 1

    Add ice

    Drop a few ice cubes into the glass.

  2. Step 2

    Add rum

    Pour in 1.5 ounces of rum.

  3. Light rum or dark rum work equally well in this drink, and although fresh lime juice is preferred, bottled juice will work too.

  4. Step 3

    Fill with cola

    Fill up the rest of the cocktail glass with cola.

  5. Step 4

    Add lime & stir

    Squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink and stir with a swizzle stick.

  6. The Cuba Libre, for obvious reasons, has also become known as a Rum & Coke, which is usually made without the lime.

  7. Step 5

    Garnish & serve

    Garnish the drink with the second lime wedge, serve, and salute.

  8. The Spanish-American War broke out on April 25, 1898 and ended just 10 weeks later on August 12, 1898.