Cuba Libre

Free Cuba (Rum and Coca-Cola)

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 until 1905 the formula for Coca-Cola contained cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut.


  • ounces light rum
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 ounces ice-cold Coca-Cola
  • Lime twist


Place the rum and ice in a tall glass. Add the lime juice, pour in the Coca-Cola, and stir. Garnish with the lime twist and serve.