Cuba Libre

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The official version of a Cuba Libre is just rum and coke with optional lime. But don’t knock simple. Some of the best cocktail recipes only include two or three ingredients.

Cuba Libre drink with limes

When you find two bold, complementary flavors, why complicate things with a lot of other stuff? Plus, it’s easy for any bartender to make.

Overhead view of Cuba Libre drink with limes


  • 2 ounces of light (white) rum
  • The juice of a half-lime (fresh is best)
  • Cola (diet works, if you prefer)

Put ice cubes into a highball glass. Pour the lime juice over them. Add the rum, then fill to the top with cola. Stir, garnish with lime wheels or wedges and serve.

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Last Updated:

October 26, 2023