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International cocktails: Cuba libre

Ricetta originale di uno dei cocktail più amati

by Ada Parisi
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Cocktail: Cuba libre

Today ricetta di uno dei cocktail internazionali più semplici e più amati: the Cuba libre, in original recipe codificata FromIBA, the International bartenders association, the international association that brings together bartenders from all over the world. The recipe is of an embarrassing simplicity, ma vi raccomando di pesare tutti gli ingredienti, as you see in this very short VIDEO TUTORIAL.

Often called amicably “rum and coca“, the Cuba libre è un cocktail di medio tenore alcolico: three basic ingredients. Cuban rum, American Coca Cola and Lime Juice. The doses are very precise, but it is the lime juice that differentiates rum and Coca from Cuba libre. Rum and coca does not include lime juice, which is instead fundamental in the recipe of Cuba Libre.

Cuba libre: the history of the cocktail

Dietro l’abbinamento Rum Cubano-Coca cola americana si nasconde un particolare momento storico. The most accredited version matches two dates: in 1886 John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Philadelphia, devised Coca Cola as a tonic potion. This drink arrived in Cuba in the years when the island gained independence from Spain (1898) thanks to the help of the United States.

Coca Cola, sweet and carbonated, began to replace the ingredient that was used in Cuba, or caramel made with water and sugar, just in the last years of 1800 and this drink born from the collaboration between Cubans and Americans, was born to the cry of “Por Cuba Libre!”, “for Free Cuba!”

Cuba libre is prepared directly in the glass, a tall glass (highball): the only other ingredients besides light rum and Coca are lots of ice , lime juice and slices of lime to garnish. The suitable rum is Cuban rum, amber and fragrant.

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Cocktail: Cuba libre


Portions: 1 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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50 milliliters of light Cuban rum

120 milliliters of Coca Cola

10 milliliters of lime juice

slices of lime

Ice, to taste


Cocktail: Cuba libre

Cocktail: Cuba libre

The recipe of Cuba Libre, a very refreshing long drink, it's really simple. Look at my very brief VIDEO TUTORIAL.

Cuba Libre is prepared by mixing all the ingredients directly in the glass. Which must be a tall and wide glass (highball style). Pour plenty of ice into the glass, then the rum, lime juice and Coca cola. Stir quickly. It is good that all the ingredients are cold.

Garnish with a slice of lime and serve immediately.

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