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La Cuba Libre is a traditional Cuban cocktail with rum, also called rum and coke. We made this one with Zacapa Rum from Guatemala.
This recipe for the Cuba Libre Cuban Cocktail is brought to you in collaboration with TheBarInsiders.com community and Zacapa® 23. Enjoy with moderation and do not drink and drive.
This Cuban cocktail is a combination of rum and cola with a twist of lemon. This beverage appeared in the 1900s in Havana, Cuba.
After that, many countries adopted the Cuba libre or “cubita” and Mexico wasn’t the exception. This libation is a typical adult beverage offered at parties.
For mother’s day at home, we would celebrate with a big lunch and all the generations will gather for a special occasion. The celebrated moms were mamá grande my great grandmother Doña Carlotita, Mamá Licha my grandmother, and my mom Rosa Elena.
We would have a beautiful table decorated with roses and many different dishes like chicken mole, Mexican rice, and guacamole. Now that I live in Florida, the celebrations are different but still enjoy a Cuban cocktail as part of the menu.
While testing the Zacapa® 23, the flavor and aromatic notes of this rum brought me back home and to my Latino roots. Lorena Vásquez, the only female Master Blenders in the world, is the one in charge of the production of Zacapa rum.
Lorena is Nicaraguan by birth, and she has a degree in chemistry, food technology, and business administration. She moved to Guatemala after she married and joined the Zacapa Quality Control department, where she developed her innate sensitivity to scents and flavors.
Lorena is passionate about the art of crafting premium rum. And you can tell because this rum is smooth and you can enjoy straight up or on the rocks.
But I am suggesting to use it for crafting a high-quality Cuba Libre Cocktail inspired in the original from Havana, Cuba. I have added fresh mint that complements well the bouquet of this exquisite rum with the cola and the lemon twist.
Learn about Zacapa Rum and its origins in Guatemala.
Zacapa® is one of the finest and most famous Guatemalan rums in the world. Its flavor profile is the result of a unique combination of soil, climate, and natural materials brought together with skilled distillation and a unique high altitude aging process above sea level.
Zacapa has the honor of being the first rum brand inducted into the International Rum Festival’s Hall of Fame. If you like rum Zacapa is a must-try.
Prepare this Cuban cocktail at home it requires few ingredients and it is easy to make.
Add the ice cubes evenly to each glass, then add one tablespoon of rum per glass, and lime juice drops. Pour the soda and garnish with lime rounds and fresh mint. This recipe makes three cocktails.
Cuba Libre cocktail
- Tall glasses
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring shot glass
- Citrus press juicer
- 1 1/2 cups ice could be crushed ice or regular ice cubes
- 3 tablespoons Zacapa rum or the equivalent of 1.5 ounces per glass
- 2 limes one for squeezing and other cut in rounds for garnishing
- 3 cups cola soda pop or coke
- 3 sprigs fresh mint for garnishing
- Add the ice cubes evenly to each glass, and add one tablespoon of rum per glass along with lime juice.
- Pour the soda and garnish with lime rounds and fresh mint.
Celebrate mom at home with lots of love, good food, and why not even a refreshing Cuba Libre cocktail to cheer for all the good, she does for the family day in and day out.
Enjoy with moderation and do not drink and drive.
Happy Mother’s Day!