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How to Make a Cuba Libre

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Uploaded on Feb 7, 2008

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Created during the 1898 Spanish-American War to liberate Cuba, the Cuba Libre was originally mixed at a bar by an off-duty U.S. soldier. It has since become the liberating libation of choice for freedom-loving drinkers around the world.

Step 1: Add ice
Drop a few ice cubes into the glass.

Step 2: Add rum
Pour in 1.5 ounces of rum.

Tip
Light rum or dark rum work equally well in this drink, and although fresh lime juice is preferred, bottled juice will work too.

Step 3: Fill with cola
Fill up the rest of the cocktail glass with cola.

Step 4: Add lime & stir
Squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink and stir with a swizzle stick.

Tip
The Cuba Libre, for obvious reasons, has also become known as a Rum & Coke, which is usually made without the lime.

Step 5: Garnish & serve
Garnish the drink with the second lime wedge, serve, and salute.

Did You Know?
The Spanish-American War broke out on April 25, 1898 and ended just 10 weeks later on August 12, 1898.

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