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Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre cocktail, also known as a Rum and Coke, is a simple yet iconic libation with a rich history. Originating in Cuba around the turn of the 20th century, its name, which means "Free Cuba" in Spanish, reflects Cuba's fight for independence. The combination of rum, cola, and lime creates a refreshing and flavorful drink that has remained popular worldwide for over a century.

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Ingredients and Tools:

- 60 ml (2 oz) light rum

- 120 ml (4 oz) cola

- 15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh lime juice

- Ice cubes

- Highball glass

- Stirring spoon

- Jigger

- Lime wedge for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour 60 ml (2 oz) of light rum over the ice.

  3. Squeeze in 15 ml (1/2 oz) of fresh lime juice.

  4. Top up the glass with 120 ml (4 oz) of cola.

  5. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

  6. Optionally, garnish with a lime wedge.

Flavor Profile:

The Cuba Libre cocktail offers a balanced blend of sweet, citrusy, and slightly spiced flavors, with the smoothness of rum complemented by the effervescence of cola and the brightness of fresh lime juice. It's a refreshing and satisfying drink that's perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Rum: Opt for a light or gold rum with a smooth and slightly sweet profile for the best results in your Cuba Libre. I once used a spiced rum in my Cuba Libre, thinking it would add extra flavor, but it ended up overpowering the drink. Since then, I stick to using light rum to maintain the classic taste of the cocktail.

  • Fresh Lime Juice: Using freshly squeezed lime juice is key to achieving the vibrant citrus flavor that sets the Cuba Libre apart. Avoid bottled lime juice, as it may lack the freshness and brightness of fresh lime.

  • Cola Selection: While any cola will work in a Cuba Libre, choosing a high-quality cola with natural flavors can enhance the taste of the cocktail.

  • Ice Quality: Use fresh, high-quality ice cubes to ensure they don't dilute the drink too quickly. Large ice cubes are preferable as they melt more slowly.

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