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Recipe: The Cuba Libre

This recipe was first published as part of our cocktail history feature on the Cuba Libre.

60ml Rum
15ml Lime juice
90ml Coca-Cola

Build ingredients in the order listed in an ice-filled highball glass. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.

Charles H Baker and Trader Vic suggest muddling the lime wedge so the lime oils offset the Coca-Cola’s sweetness. Gary Regan suggests 30ml of lime juice, resulting in a drink with more pucker than the average Daiquiri. Vary the lime juice. The optimal amount comes down to personal taste.

A light column still rum is traditional – we’re supposed to be freeing Cuba after all, but heavier blends or pure pot still rums are also excellent. In New Zealand, a heavy Jamaica rum is traditional, while the north of Britain favours navy rum.

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