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Four tall Havana Club glasses with Cuba Libre cocktails garnished with lime on a wood tray.
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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Recipe straight from my trip to Cuba. Learn the secret ingredient in these famous Cuban cocktails and what makes them authentic. And yes, this cocktail is a Rum and Coke, but made the Cuban way!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks & Cocktails
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: authentic cuban cocktail, cuba libre, rum and coke
Servings: 1
Calories: 157kcal


  • 1 slice lime juice
  • 1-2 shots dark or white rum good US or Puerto Rican brand, Cubans typically use Havana Club 3 year white rum
  • Coca-Cola-Bottled in Mexico
  • 2 slices lime wedge garnish


  • In a glass, add ice and a squeeze of lime. Next, add 1-2 shots dark or white rum.
  • Add a few more ice cubes, and top with chilled Coca Cola. In Cuba they don't add lots of ice.
  • Garnish with a lime, you can zest it in strips, then slice into wedges.



Cuban Rum

Havana Club - El Ron De Cuba, is not currently available in the US due to the import embargo.
You can find some good options like Havana Club - Puerto Rico available at specialty liquor stores.
Another good brand is Bacardi Black, this Puerto Rican dark rum aged between 1-3 years in oak barrels, works well in Cuba Libre. 

Coca Cola - Mexico Bottled

Try to buy it in Mexican or Latin markets, and sometimes Taqerias (taco shops) sell bottles on ice. There is a difference, to me, it is sweeter and just tastes better! People go crazy for it here in Southern California. 


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 31mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg