Recipe: The Cuba Libre
This recipe was first published as part of our cocktail history feature on the Cuba Libre.
15ml Lime juice
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.