Cuba Libre Cocktail

The Cuba Libre is a simple highball cocktail - don’t forget to add the shot of fresh lime juice, otherwise, it’s just a rum & cola.
How to Make the Best Cuba Libre Cocktail - Crafty Bartending


Serve the Cuba Libre cocktail in a Highball glass

  • 2 shots white rum
  • 1 shot fresh lime juice
  • Top with cola

Garnish: 1 lime wedge

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Build all the ingredients in a highball glass.
  2. Add ice cubes.
  3. Top with cola.
  4. Add the garnish.


Don’t call it a Rum & Coke! Although the Cuba Libre is simply a Rum & Coke with the addition of lime juice, theres something about ordering it that makes it feel special. The Cuba Libre is one of the most popular cocktails in Cuba and actually means “free Cuba” in Spanish.

The history of the Cuba Libre dates back to the 20th century after Cuba won independence in the Spanish-American War. It’s easy to find ingredients and simple creation method has led it to be one of the world’s most popular drinks. Traditionally it is made with Coca Cola and Bacardi rum, but any cola and light rum will do.

Pro tip: Always use fresh lime juice when making a Cuba Libre.

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