Cocktail of the Week: Cuba Libre


Various members of the League have, at various times, professed a love for rum.  That being said, they rarely drink it straight in any quantity.  The Cuba Libre is more or less the de-facto, go to cocktail for the League.  It is a little more than just a "Rum and Coke" as the lime juice is an essential part of the mix.  While we have been known to just do without the citrus from time to time in the name of expedience, I suggest you do try to include it when you give this drink a swig.  You will need:

  • 2 oz rum (You may use any rum, but I recommend not using anything too top shelf. The subtleties will be lost.  Captain Morgan Special Reserve and Kraken are my two favorite candidates for this mix.  A silver rum is nice as well. Bacardi will do.)
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced.  (Freshness is key, the preserved stuff does not have the same kick.  Trust your Bartender.)
  • Coca-Cola (We prefer the Coke bottled in glass from Mexico.  However the regular stuff works as well.  Calorie counters, I suggest using Coke Zero rather than Diet, the flavor will be closer to "normal")

One builds the drink by adding ice to a highball glass, then the rum and the juice.  Fill with cola, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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