After the recent passing of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro (Or Fray Bentos to Ricky Gervais’ character David Brent from The Office), I thought I’d reacquaint myself with the Cuba Libre (From Spanish, meaning Free Cuba.)
I had drunk Bacardi or Morgan’s Spiced rum with Coke on many occasions, but I was unaware of the famous cocktail until I watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory when Penny had to practice making cocktails for a job.
Sheldon: Fine… I’ll have a virgin Cuba Libre.
Penny: That’s… rum and Coke without the rum.
Sheldon: Yes, and would you make it diet?
One account of the drink’s history states that it was created in Havana during the Spanish-American war in 1901/1902, when the American’s Cola was combined with the Cubans’ golden rum.
Fill a Collins glass with ice, add a measure (Or two!) of your favourite rum, top up with Cola, and garnish with a lime wedge, after giving it a squeeze into your glass. It can be made with light or dark rum, but I’ve found a golden rum, such as Havana Club gives it a nicer taste, with its caramel and vanilla flavours a perfect match for the cola.
It’s a simple cocktail with no shaker required, so give it a go. Cuba Libre!