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Cuba Libre, Swank Cocktail #28

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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre is cocktail number 28 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Cuba Libre cocktail history

According to the Bacardi historical timeline, the Cuba Libre was created in 1900 in Havana when when American soldiers celebrating the end of the Spanish-American War mixed Bacardi rum and Coca-Cola.

However, a newspaper article published in December 1898 regarding a visit to the United States by a commission from Cuba states: “…A warm welcome awaited the Cubans at the Raleigh, where they are quartered, and upon their arrival, they were introduced to and refreshed by glasses of the concoction known as the Cuba libre cocktail.”

"Cuba's Commission, Purposes of Its Visit to the Capital of the Nation," newspaper article, Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia), p.1, col. 5.
“Cuba’s Commission, Purposes of Its Visit to the Capital of the Nation,” newspaper article, Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia), 1 Dec 1898, p.1, col. 5.

Cuba Libre cocktail recipe

Cuba Libre cocktail recipe
Cuba Libre cocktail recipe

Place 2 or 3 ice cubes in large highball glass and 2 jiggers Rum, juice of 1/2 Lime and fill with Cola. Stir and serve.

Ingredients used:

  • Bacardi Light Rum
  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Coke Zero

Cuba Libre cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸)

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸🍸

The Bacardi website states a rum and coke uses white rum, while a Cuba Libre uses gold rum. The Swank Cocktail guide did not specify which type of rum to use. We had a Jamaican dark rum and Bacardi light rum on hand, so we went with the light rum since it Bacardi is Cuban.

It had been quite a while since we had a rum and coke or a Cuba Libre and it was quite refreshing.

Next up… Cocktail #29, Daiquiri (Plain) cocktail

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