Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre - Rum Cocktail
Cuba Libre Cocktail

Base Spirit: Rum

Type: Classics

Served: On the Rocks

Strength: Light

Difficulty: Simple

Flavor Profile: Bubbly, Sweet

About the Cuba Libre Cocktail

It doesn’t get any simpler than rum and Coke.

Ingredients in the Cuba Libre Cocktail

Garnish: Lime wedge

Glass: Tall

How to make the Cuba Libre Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

(This drink is also known as a Rum and Coke when made with Bacardi Superior.)

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  1. What is the shelf like on Kessler’s wiskey? I was cleaning the basement, and found a case of it?
    It’s probably 40 yrs. old………… it still good?

  2. When my wife and I were in Puerto Rico, the people at the Bacardi distillery, which does not distill there, told us a Cuba Libre is make with dark rum and Coke. Yours says otherwise.

    • says

      Hi Ron–
      You can make your Cuba Libre with dark or light rum. (Some light rums are actually barrel-aged, but their color is filtered out.) Our recipe calls for Bacardi Gold, which is a type of dark rum. It may not be as dark in color as longer-aged spirits, but it is indeed barrel-aged. As a matter of fact, the Cuba Libre recipe on Bacardi’s own website is the same as ours:

  3. Why is a Cuba Libre cost more than a Rum & Coke. I asked the bartender and he said b/c the younger crowd doesn’t know the difference. Might just save someone a couple bucks.

    • says

      The only reason we can think of is that the Cuba Libre uses dark rum, which can be slightly more expensive than white. But it sounds like your bar is acting a bit shady…

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