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.
Recipe adapted from Don Lee, New York City
Yield: 1 cocktail
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 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.