Cuba Libre

Liz has been writing a lot about food, but I’m sure you ask ‘what do they wash it down with?’ Of course you do. Well, other than a can of local brew our other favourite is the Cuba Libre. Oh what a fine summer’s drink the Cubs Libs is. Most definitely different from the rum and coke Australia bogans drink which uses dark Bundaberg Rum and no lime, the Cuba Libre is layered, exotic, refreshing.

1 shot white Rum –  free poured into a highball or tumbler

Coca Cola – for the other two thirds (roughly) of the glass, Pepsi is not a substitute but with dark rum and Dr Pepper you can make a Witchdoctor.

Squeezed wedge of lime – Lemon if lime is not available

Pirate sword swizzle stick – to stab lemon with, essential

Pirate flag – maybe not in the drink, but somewhere in your periphery.

Sunset over sea – needn’t be in Cuba. We’ve drunk them on the west coast of the Sea of Marama, Adriatic Sea , Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Black Sea as it falls behind us (pictured).

The Cuba Libre’s origins are hotly disputed. Bacardi claim the drink was first consumed in 1898 during the American-Spanish war, but Coke wasn’t on the island yet. Havana Club (the Bumblebee’s rum of choice) offer a more humble reasoning. Read the history of Cuba Libre and Cuba Libre alternatives.

And for your audio pleasure, famous Trinidadian musician Lord Invader performs his famous calypso hit Rum and Coca Cola (read its history). Not just an ode to the delicious drink, the song was originally a social commentary regarding local gals turning tricks for Yankee soldiers.

The artist would later have his song ripped off by the Andrew’s Sisters (spending ten weeks at the top of the Billboard charts with lyrics skewed for the Yankee dollar) and his name by George Lucas.

Post script: Despite what he’s said above, your author picked up a bottle of dark Havana Club Seven Anos (as in matured for seven years) in duty-free Gibraltar for a mere 11 pounds and the shit is so good it should only be drunk neat.



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