ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cuba Libre Cocktail Recipe

Updated on December 2, 2012

What do you think of the Cuba Libre?

5 stars from 1 rating of Cuba Libre Cocktail

The year is 1898. The United States and Spain are at war over a small island in the Caribbean. Off-duty soldiers from the U.S. Signal Corps have gathered in an Old Havana bar to relax, and a soldier orders a rum and Coca-Cola on ice with a lime wedge. They toast ‘por Cuba libre!’ (free Cuba), and a legend is born.

Of course, there’s one problem with legends. Sometimes, they just aren't totally accurate.

In this case, while that basic story is accurate - or at least, sworn to by Fausto - it may be best to forget the part about 1898 and the Spanish-American War. Oh, the U.S. Signal Corps was in Cuba in 1898. Coca-Cola, however, was not. It wasn’t introduced in Cuba until 1900. (For the record, Fausto’s deposition gives the date of origin as sometime in August, 1900.)


Cuba Libre cocktail recipe

  • 2 parts cola
  • 1 part rum
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  1. Build rum and cola in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Serve garnished with a lime wedge.

Some variations of the recipe include the juice of one-half lime, usually to be the first ingredient added when building the drink. It’s delicious, but completely optional; the official recipe as listed by the International Bartenders Association (IBA) doesn’t include it. If you choose the lime juice variation, always go with freshly squeezed juice. Canned or frozen juice – or the stuff in those plastic fruit-shaped squeeze bottles – is always going to taste different.

If you’re going for total authenticity, Bacardi’s claim to be the original Cuba Libre rum is more than likely accurate, since in the early 1900s, Bacardi essentially was the rum of Cuba. (It’s distilled in Puerto Rico now.) To be totally correct, use Bacardi silver rum, not gold rum or 151.

No matter how hard you try, however, it will be impossible to completely duplicate the flavor of the original Cuba Libre, for one simple reason: the Coca-Cola recipe has changed since its original introduction. And it’s not just the loss of the famed cocaine content. In most areas, Coca-Cola is manufactured using high fructose corn syrup instead of real cane sugar. Whether that also changed the flavor is a matter of opinion, but if you’re going for authenticity, a real-sugar Coke would be closer to the original (in Mexico, Coke is usually made with sugar).

Cuba Libre variations

  • A Cuba Pintada (or Stained Cuba) is one part rum with two parts club soda, and just enough cola to slightly color it.
  • A Cuba Campechana (Half-and-half Cuba) is one part rum, one part club soda and one part cola.
  • When made with high proof rum, the Cuba Libre becomes the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • A spicy version is the Hot Cuba Libre, which adds a dash of hot sauce.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)