Cuba Libre

The fancier man's rum and coke, but no less delicious.


  • Served in highball
  • 11% ABV
  • Garnish with Lime wedge


The Gentlemen's Companion



Cola 12.0cl 4.0oz
White rum 5.0cl 1.67oz
Lime juice 1.0cl 0.33oz
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  1. Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Lightly stir.


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.)

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