|White rum||5.0cl 1.67oz|
|Lime juice||1.0cl 0.33oz|
Accounts of the invention of the Cuba Libre vary. One account claims that the drink (Spanish for 'Free Cuba') was invented in Havana, Cuba around 1901/1902. Patriots aiding Cuba during the Spanish–American War—and, later, expatriates avoiding Prohibition—regularly mixed rum and cola as a highball and a toast to this Caribbean island.
Ironically, in the Cuba Libre's early days it was considered foreign and exotic, due to dark syrup -- that of kola and cocoa -- being a rarity in cocktails and highballs. (Oh, how things have changed.)