Cuba Libre, which means “free Cuba,” is a cocktail that emerged somewhere between 1901 and 1902 following the introduction of Cola in Cuba in 1900. Since then, it has enjoyed immense popularity. The Cuba Libre cocktail was a result of the collision between the United States and Spain. One of the many stories about its origin talks about the soldiers who mixed rum and cola while drinking toasts to a free land. The account of Bacardi, however, with regards to the origin of the Cuba Libre cocktail varies. According to them, a young messenger during the war recalls Captain Russell of having ordered a cola on ice with a wedge of lime, and rum. This piqued others’ interests after they saw the Captain relish the mix. It soon came to be the most popular drink at the time, with people toasting to a free Cuba, which the drink eventually came to be known as.
To make the cocktail, you can follow this simple Cuba Libre cocktail recipe. Put some ice, crushed or cubes, into a highball glass. Pour the cola, McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration Dark Rum, and fresh lime juice into the highball glass. Stir the drink well. You can use lime wedges to add an extra touch into the cocktail. You can also use the lime wedge as garnish to your Cuba Libre cocktail. Considered as the world’s second most popular drink, The Cuba Libre Cocktail would undoubtedly make for both a refreshing and appealing drink to savour.