Rum and Coke A Traditional Cuban Cocktail

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Rum and Coke also called “Cuba Libre” is a traditional Cuban cocktail with rum. We made this one with Zacapa Rum from Guatemala.

The Rum and Coke cocktail is a combination of rum and cola with a twist of lemon; And it is also called Cuba Libre.

This recipe for the Rum and Coke 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 rum and coke or “cubita” and Mexico wasn’t the exception. This libation is a typical adult beverage offered at parties.

Cuban cocktail with rum and coke

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.

The Rum and Coke cocktail is a combination of rum and cola with a twist of lemon; And it is also called Cuba Libre.

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.

This is Zacapa Rum from Guatemala

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.

Cuba Libre, a Cuban cocktail with rum, lime, and mint

Prepare this Rum and Coke 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 cola and garnish with lime rounds and fresh mint. This recipe makes three cocktails.

Cuba Libre, a Cuban cocktail with rum, lime, and mint

Rum and Coke Cuban Cocktail

Chef Adriana Martin
La Cuba Libre or rum and coke cocktail is a traditional beverage in the Latino culture. This Cuban cocktail is a combination of rum and cola with a twist of lemon and mint
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Cocktails, Beverages
Cuisine Cuban Cuisine
Servings 3 people
Calories 136 kcal

Equipment

  • Tall glasses
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring shot glass
  • Citrus press juicer

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

This recipe makes three cocktails.
You can use diet coke too. 

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword coke, mint, rum
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Celebrate mom at home with lots of love, good food, and why not even a refreshing rum and coke or Cuba Libre to cheer for all the good, she does for the family day in and day out.

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Happy Mothers Day

Enjoy with moderation and do not drink and drive.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wanda Lopez

I am making this drink soon. Great post, have learned so much! 💛 Thanks.

Adriana Hogar-Mujer

Me encanta este trago me dieron ganas de preparar uno

paulabendfeldt

Ron Zacapa Centenario!!! Esta si es una cuba libre!

mamalatina

Salud! cada vez que veo la cuba me acuerdo de mi papá, porque es su bebida favorita.

ChecaLAmovie

Felicidades.. Adriana, no son solo las recetas de los platillos y las bebidas, pero las historias que nos compartes.. Me encantan.

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