Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Cocktail
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Supposedly attributable to a US Army caption stationed in Havana in the 1900s, who added lime and Coca-Cola to his rum and toasted his Cuban comrades by saying “Por Cuba Libre” - “to a free Cuba”, this drink has become a worldwide favourite. It needs a full-bodied rum to stand up to the sweet Coke - with the fresh lime adding an essential role in bridging the gap between tropical rum and effervescent, spicy-sweet Coke.


  • 50ml Deep South Amber Rum
  • 120ml Coca-Cola 
  • Fresh Lime cut into slices
  • Sprig of mint (optional)
  • Ice

To make

  1. Add a handful of ice to a tall glass
  2. Slide 4-5 lime slices down the side of the glass, held in place by the ice.
  3. Add rum and Cola-Cola to taste and stir gently
  4. Garnish with slice of lime and a sprig of slightly bruised mint if desired.