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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.


  • Step 1: Add ice Drop a few ice cubes into the glass.
  • Step 2: Add rum Pour in 1.5 ounces of rum.
  • TIP: Light rum or dark rum work equally well in this drink, and although fresh lime juice is preferred, bottled juice will work too.
  • Step 3: Fill with cola Fill up the rest of the cocktail glass with cola.
  • Step 4: Add lime & stir Squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink and stir with a swizzle stick.
  • TIP: The Cuba Libre, for obvious reasons, has also become known as a Rum & Coke, which is usually made without the lime.
  • Step 5: Garnish & serve Garnish the drink with the second lime wedge, serve, and salute.
  • FACT: The Spanish-American War broke out on April 25, 1898 and ended just 10 weeks later on August 12, 1898.

You Will Need

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

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