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This drink is supposed to have originated in Cuba in the wake of the Spanish-American war around the turn of the 20th century. It became popular in the States around World War II: With sugar rationed by the government, Coca-Cola was one of the only available mixers. Since 1960’s Cuban embargo, the drink has been steeped in irony: Coca-Cola is unavailable in Cuba and the traditional Cuban rum used in the recipe is unavailable in the States.

Cuba Libre

Recipe adapted from Don Lee, New York City

Yield: 1 cocktail

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Ice
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 6 ounces Coca-Cola
  • Lime wedge


Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the rum and Coca-Cola. Garnish with the lime wedge and serve.

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