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.
- 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.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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