Cuba Libre

Free Cuba (Rum and Coca-Cola)

Preparation info
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Appears in
Eating Cuban

By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

Published 2006

  • About

At the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuban patriots and U.S. Marines celebrated their victory over the Spanish by mixing together Cuba’s famous rum and a new American beverage, Coca-Cola, that had been invented in 1886 by Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia. To cut the sweetness, someone added a squeeze of lime and a chunk of ice. The drink was an instant hit and remains so to this day. Cuba Libres are strong, but the originals were even more potent because unt