Cuba Libre: the Havana’s Cocktail

Posted on October 5, 2011

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A little bite of history
The Cuba Libre was born around 1900, after the Second War of Independence (1895-1898) between the U.S. and Spain. A U.S. soldier ordered in an Havana‘s bar a Rum and Coca-Cola (just imported to Cuba) on ice with one quart of green lime. He proposed a toast “Por Cuba Libre,” which was the cries of war.

The Cuba Libre took off during Prohibition in the United States (1919-1933). Italian-American Mafia has quickly realized that Cuba was a strategic location to bring alcohol and operate in the United States mainly because of geographical proximity. The mafia decided to import tanks of “Cuba Libre”, because the Rum mixed with coke passed more easily controls in ports. The Cuba Libre becomes a classic cocktail.

Recipe
4 Oz of Gold Rum
1/4 of green lime
10 Oz of Coke
Ice cubes 

How to do it ?
Cut a quarter of lime in half and put the quarters in the glass. Crush the lime with a pestle. Put the ice cubes and other ingredients in the glass. Stir with a spoon.

There are differents variations for this cocktail. And you what is yours?


Don’t forget to drink responsibly

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