What is a Cuba Libre: Exploring the two main ingredients and how to make it


Immerse yourself in the world of Cuban cocktails and discover the timeless appeal of the Cuba Libre. With its refreshing blend of rum, lime juice, and Coke, this iconic drink has become a symbol of Cuba’s vibrant culture and rich history. In this guide, we’ll explore what makes a Cuba Libre so special, delve into its classic recipe, and even find out where you can enjoy this beloved cocktail, including in Havana 1957.


What is a Cuba Libre?


The Cuba Libre, which translates to “Free Cuba,” is a classic cocktail that originated in Cuba in the early 20th century. It is often referred to as a rum and coke with a twist, thanks to the addition of fresh lime juice, which gives the drink a tart and citrusy flavor. The Cuba Libre is not only a delicious cocktail, but also a symbol of Cuba’s independence and spirit of freedom.


What are the two main ingredients in a Cuba Libre cocktail?


The two main ingredients in a Cuba Libre cocktail are


  1. Rum: A high-quality light or golden rum is the base of the Cuba Libre. Cuban rum is traditionally used to stay true to the cocktail’s origins, but any good quality rum will do.


  1. Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola, or any cola soda, adds sweetness and effervescence to the Cuba Libre. It’s important to use a cola with real sugar rather than artificial sweeteners for the best flavor.


How to make a Cuba Libre?


To make the perfect Cuba Libre, you’ll need


– 2 ounces rum

– 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

– Club soda

– Lime wedge, for garnish

– Ice Cubes


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour the rum and fresh lime juice over the ice.
  3. Top the glass with club soda, leaving room for the lime wedge garnish.
  4. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing taste of a classic Cuba Libre.


Cultural significance and global appeal


The Cuba Libre is not just a cocktail – it’s a cultural icon that has captivated drinkers around the world. Beyond its refreshing taste, the Cuba Libre holds deep cultural significance as a symbol of Cuba’s independence and resilience. It’s said that American soldiers stationed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War first mixed rum with Coke and lime to toast Cuba Libre, or “Free Cuba,” inspiring the cocktail’s name. Since then, the Cuba Libre has become a popular drink not only in Cuba, but also in bars and restaurants around the world, where it’s enjoyed as a classic cocktail with a touch of Cuban flair. Its simple yet satisfying combination of flavors has made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike, ensuring its enduring popularity for generations to come. Whether enjoyed at a beachside bar in Havana or a trendy cocktail lounge in New York City, the Cuba Libre continues to bring people together to raise a glass in celebration of freedom, friendship and the spirit of Cuba.


Cuba Libre at Havana 1957


At Havana 1957, you can experience the authentic taste of Cuba with their signature Cuba Libre cocktail. Made with premium rum, freshly squeezed lime juice and Coca-Cola, Havana 1957’s Cuba Libre embodies the spirit of Cuban hospitality and tradition. With locations in Pembroke Pines, Española Way, Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and the Breakwater Hotel, there’s always a convenient spot to indulge in the rich and aromatic delights of Cuban cuisine.


Other Cuban Cocktails to explore


In addition to the Cuba Libre, Cuba is home to a variety of other iconic cocktails that showcase the island’s vibrant culinary heritage. The Mojito, made with rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, and soda water, is a refreshing and invigorating drink that’s perfect for hot summer days. The Daiquiri, a simple yet elegant cocktail made with rum, lime juice and sugar, is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed in its original form or with a variety of flavored variations. And let’s not forget the Piña Colada, a tropical delight made with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice that will transport you to a sunny beach with every sip. Whether you’re in the mood for something light and refreshing or rich and indulgent, Cuban cocktails offer something for every palate. And at Havana 1957, you can explore a wide range of Cuban-inspired drinks, each crafted with care and attention to detail.


The Cuba Libre is more than just a cocktail – it’s a symbol of Cuba’s resilience, independence and joie de vivre. With its simple yet delicious combination of rum, lime juice and Coke, the Cuba Libre captures the essence of Cuban culture in every sip. Whether enjoyed at home or in Havana 1957, Cuba Libre invites you to raise a glass to the spirit of freedom and the rich flavors of Cuba. Cheers to the timeless appeal of the Cuba Libre!