The Cuba Libre

 

The Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre

 

The Cuba Libre  was one of my favorite cocktails when I was in my twenties and it still is today.   It was easy to make and it always seemed to be the right match for any occasion. Even now, if I am out of ideas I always turn to a Cuba Libre.  For some reason when sitting on a deck, patio or anywhere outdoors the sight of a Cuba Libre with the lemon wedge somehow seems… sophisticated…grown up. So for those of you coming of age for the 40th time …….here is a wonderful version of a favorite drink.

2 ounces Amber or White Rum ( Eldorado 10 year old Rum from Guyana, Appleton Estate Rum from Jamaica, Cockspur or Mount Gay Rum from Barbados,  10 Cane from Trinidad, Ron Brugal from Dominican Republic )

2 ounces of Coca-Cola chilled

4 Lime wedges

In a highball glass filled with ice, pour the rum and cola. Squeeze and drop in the lime wedges and using a bar spoon stir to mix well. Garnish with more wedges. Savor!!

The Cuba Libre most likely comes from Ex Cuban patriots of the Spanish American War hailing their native country following the war ( 1898). Cola was invented around 1900.

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