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Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre is probably the best-known summer cocktail of all. The drink refreshes on hot days, but can also be enjoyed at cocktail parties or celebrations. And the most important thing: you need just three different ingredients to prepare the Cuba Libre recipe. We show you the simple recipe of the Cuba Libre cocktail. Have fun discovering and enjoying it!

Cuba Libre Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl white rum
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • Cola

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour the lime juice and rum into a tumbler.
  2. Pour in the cola and mix with a bar spoon.
  3. Grain and serve.
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Recipe by Tim


The Cuba Libre is one of the simplest cocktails ever. To prepare it, simply add rum, lime juice and cola one after the other to a tumbler filled with ice cubes. Stir the mix gently with a bar spoon and garnish the mix with a slice of lime. You can then serve the mix or enjoy it yourself.

Bar Accessories:

  • Tumbler
  • Bar spoon
  • Ice cube

The Cuba Libre Taste Profile


41 Reviews

Cuba Libre tastes refreshing and very sweet. The taste of cola is clearly in the foreground, although alcoholic notes can also be tasted. The fruity-sweet taste of the lime gives the long drink a pleasant “fresh kick”. Therefore, the long drink is perfect for the summer and for parties.

The history of origins

The most original form of the drink was prepared in the 1890s. At that time, however, there was no cola in Cuba. Therefore, the long drink at that time still consisted of rum, water and brown sugar. The first Cuba Libre as we know it today is said to have been prepared in Havana in 1902. At that time, there was very little ice in Cuba. Therefore, the drinks were usually drunk lukewarm or only slightly chilled. Nevertheless, the drink became more and more popular in Cuba over the years. At the beginning of the 20th century, the long drink also became known in the USA.

By using cola, the cocktail could even be drunk during alcohol prohibition. The appearance of the long drink was more reminiscent of cola and not of an alcoholic mixed drink. For this reason, Long Island Iced Tea was also frequently consumed during this period. After Prohibition, the drink spread all over the world. Today, the drink is drunk on hot summer days and at parties. The Cuba Libre is easy to prepare and has a pleasant, harmonious taste. Prepare the drink at home and enjoy the summery long drink.

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Cuba Libre - FAQ

What is a Cuba Libre?

A Cuba Libre is one of the best-known long drinks of all. It is made from just three different ingredients (cola, lime juice and rum) and has a harmonious, mild taste.

How do you prepare it?

To make it, pour the rum, lime juice and cola one after the other into a long drink glass and stir the mixture gently with a bar spoon. Then garnish the drink with a lime wedge and serve.

How does the drink taste?

The cocktail tastes fruity, fresh and sweet. The sweet, fruity taste of the lime provides a pleasant “freshness kick” when drinking.

Where was the cocktail invented?

Predecessors of the Cuba Libre were prepared in the 1890s. At that time, however, it was still made of water, brown sugar and rum. It was not until the 19th century that the cocktail was prepared with cola, lime juice and rum in Havana.