Cuba Libre 1.000

Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post/Glass from Crate and Barrel

Spirits Apr 27, 2011

There are many ways to make this classic drink of old Havana. Some use white rum, some go darker. Some call for Coca-Cola, others for RC Cola or natural colas such as Fentimans Curiosity Cola.

The main thing to remember is that this drink is more than a "rum and Coke." Here's a version with a little twist: the addition of bitters and (if you desire/dare) gin. You can use any kind of rum, but Spirits columnist Jason Wilson prefers a gold or dark rum that is aged. He also suggests replacing the lime juice with half an ounce of Key lime juice or Meyer lemon juice.

Servings: 1
  • 1/2 to 1 lime
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces rum, preferably gold or dark (see headnote)
  • 1/2 ounce gin (optional)
  • Coca-Cola, chilled
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters


Squeeze the lime half or halves into a Collins glass (to yield 1/2 ounce juice), then drop in the spent lime half. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes. Pour in the rum and gin, if desired, then fill with the chilled Coca-Cola. Add the bitters; stir briefly to incorporate.

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From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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