Like most cocktails, the origin of the Cuba Libre is disputed, with a variety of different stories believed to tell how this drink came into being. 

A common theory is that it was created in the early 20th century during the Spanish American war. As the country gained independence, the Cuba libre was born. Another theory suggests clever marketing was behind the fusion of the American Coca-Cola and Cuban Bacardi (Bacardi was made in Cuba before the Cuban Revolution).

Most people probably don’t realise the long history behind the classic, easy to make cocktail, a drink that can easily be made at home with three simple ingredients.


  • 60 ml of Rum
  • Cola
  • 1 Lime wedge


  1. Add ice to a frosted glass.
  2. Add rum to glass.
  3. Pour desired amount of cola.
  4. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop into glass.

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