Simple cocktails can sometimes be the most refreshing, and the Cuba Libre, made with light rum and chilled cola is a good example.

Cuba Libre Cocktail

Originating in Havana around the turn of the twentieth century, the Cuba Libre has remained one of the most refreshing rum cocktails you can drink.

Even though it’s made with light rum and cola, the addition of fresh lime gives it a lot more pizzazz than plain old rum and coke.

Cuba Libre Cocktail

Cuba Libre

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Cuba Libre is a simple cocktail made with light rum, lime juice, and icy cola.


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Well-chilled cola


  1. Squeeze the lime juice into a double old-fashioned glass, add one lime wedge and muddle to release the oils.
  2. Add the rum, ice cubes and top with cola.
  3. Stir gently and garnish with the remaining wedge of lime.


Adapted from "The Bartender's Black Book"