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.