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Cuba Libre

More commonly known as a Rum and coke but I prefer Cuba Libre. Lime is crucial in this as it lightens and defines the drink.

The origin of this cocktail dates back to 1901 during the Spanish American War. It is believed that one of the soldiers toasted “¡Por Cuba Libre!” in celebration. 1900 was also believed to be the year that Coca-Cola was introduced to Cuba through American troops.

Rum, Coke and a squeeze of lime. Simple yet delicious.

Cuba Libre


  • A Collins glass
  • 1 double shot of Aluna coconut rum
  • 2 teaspoons of lime juice
  • Cola to top up
  • Ice
  • Lime to garnish

How to serve it

  • Fill the Collins glass with ice.
  • Pour in the rum and lime juice, and mix gently.
  • Top up with cola, and garnish with the lime.

Some like to top off the rum with soda and then add a little bit of cola to gently tint it, and others use half soda and half cola to provide a slightly different taste. A version popular in Venezuela is to use a dark rum, such as Dead Man's Fingers, or a spiced rum, such as Cloven Hoof. This provides a little more punch to this Cuba Libre recipe.