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Happy Hour: Cuba Libre

Now before you go and wonder why today's happy hour is a regular old rum and coke, let me explain... a cuba libre is not a regular old rum and coke, it's a classic cocktail that could even be considered sophisticated. The drink originated after the Spanish-American War in which the Americans fought to liberate Cuba from Spain's reign (which is kind of ironic bearing in mind the US-Cuban relations in the years to come). The soldiers who were aiding in the fight mixed Cuba's rum with America's coca-cola, topped it with a squirt of lime and saluted to the country's freedom. Cuba Libre in Spanish actually means free Cuba. So the next time you are thinking of ordering a rum and coke, order a cuba libre instead, it's what I always do. To take it to the next level,

Cuba Libre
From Drinkalizer

ice cubes
3 ounces rum
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
Chilled cola
Slice lime

Put ice cubes in a highball glass, add the rum and lime juice, fill with cola and garnish with a slice of lime.

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ireallyamlono ireallyamlono 8 years
"two cuba libres with beer and mescal on the side" one of my favorite drinks, havana club is an excellent rum, but I love mine made with Lambs Navy Rum. Find me on
Stir-Fry-Kitty Stir-Fry-Kitty 10 years
I haven't had a Cuba Libre in a while now, but for a couple of years it was my most particular poison. Evidently some people include a sprig of mint as well.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Sounds interesting!
Thehills101 Thehills101 10 years
I'll definately have to keep this in mind the next t ime the girls get together for drinks... ♥јεήή♥
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
It does sound refreshing.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
sounds refreshing
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
diet coke with lime and barcadi sounds good. hmm. i MIGHT give it a shot after all :p
OChottie OChottie 10 years
I can recall a comment I posted within the past year that mentioned my cuba libre. I love these. I cheat and use diet coke with lime and bacardi sometimes. I actually grow limes in my yard especially for mojitos & cuba libres.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oo rum with lime juice sounds good. i HATE whiskey / rum with coke tho BLEAH :barf:
SU3 SU3 10 years
jendudley jendudley 10 years
MMM Very refreshing.
kd0024 kd0024 10 years
I'll take two please!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Hmmm, perfect thing after a long week!
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