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Cuba Libre
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A Cuba Libre is a cocktail that blends rum with coke and lime to bring you an excellent sipping drink. It’s often seen with a lime slice as the garnish of choice. If you like this drink, make sure to try another rum favorite, the Dark and Stormy!

Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre

Why the name Cuba Libre?

The drink was made in the early 1900’s and is tied to the introduction of Coca Cola into Cuba. Cuba Libre translates to Free Cuba and is often considered to be tied to the Cuba Independence Movement. You can learn more about it in this book.

How to make a Cuba Libre

To make this drink, you’ll need rum (white or Jamaican depending on your preference), Coca Cola (or equivalent although the recipe does call specifically for Coke) and lime juice. You’ll also need a lime slice for garnishing.

Add the rum into a glass with a large ice cube; add in the lime juice and top with Coca Cola. Garnish and serve!

Cuba Libre

The Glassware

The glasses you see here were made by Georges Briard and are beautifully gilded in gold. I have a large selection of these style and have been actively collecting gold gilded glassware since I first spotted them in antique stores. There is certainly something special about how stunning they look.

Hope you love the drink! Make sure to try my Penicillin cocktail, that’s another new one on the site this week!



Cuba Libre Cocktail

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Cuba Libre

A Cuba Libre is a cocktail that blends rum with coke and lime to bring you an excellent sipping drink.

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Cuba Libre
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 oz rum white or Jamaican
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz Coca Cola or equivelant


  1. Add rum and lime juice to a glass with ice.

  2. Top with Coca Cola.

  3. Garnish with lime slice and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin C: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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