Cuba Libre Drink Recipe

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Our Cuba libre drink recipe is a South Florida favorite. A simple cocktail made with minimal ingredients that’s perfect for sipping on warm, rainy day.

As some of you may or may not know, Kim and I lived in Florida for almost ten (10) years. During that time, we were treated to all kinds of different food and drinks.

Honestly, it was a culinary wonderland. We learned so much living there and I’m grateful for all the recipes I learned while residing in the Sunshine State.

Two of my favorite cocktails were the Cuba Libre and a simple margarita on the rocks.

It’s a tropical take on the traditional rum and coke. Light rum mixed with cola and lime juice. Such a simple, yet delicious combination.

Let’s face it, you know us, we love simple and tasty. So, shall we get mixing?

The finished cuba libre drink recipe in low ball glasses.

Cuba Libre Drink Instructions:

As I said early on, this is an easy cocktail to prepare at home.

Why spend up to ten (10) or twelve (12) bucks on a drink you make in your own kitchen?

The rum being added to the cola in a low ball glass.

To begin, juice the lime and grab your cola and rum.

After that, get a six (6) ounce glass and half (1/2) a cup of ice. Put the ice into the glass and add the cola.

Now the lime juice is being added to the cocktail.

The recipe calls for four (4) ounces of coke. Then, pour in the half (1/2) ounce of lime juice. Use a spoon or stirring utensil to mix the drink.

That’s it, garnish and serve. Your Cuba libre drink recipe is done!

As always, please remember to drink responsibly. Kim and I hope you enjoy the cocktail and wish all the best 🙂

The cuba libre drink has been garnished with a lime wedge.

Cuba Libre Drink Recipe Tips:

Ordinarily, we would use a shaker to mix our cocktails. However, when working with carbonated beverages (like soda), I find it’s best to stir the drink instead of shaking it.

Otherwise, you may have a huge mess on your hands. If you are using a lime concentrate instead of fresh lime juice, then you may want to reduce the amount from half (1/2) an ounce to two (2) teaspoons.

Lime concentrates can be more bitter than fresh, so using a little less is always recommended. Besides, if it’s not tart enough, you can always add more.

On the other hand, you can’t remove the concentrate once you’ve pour it into the drink. For a tropical twist on the Cuba libre, try using a coconut based rum.

With that being said, it’s an acquired taste, so if you’re not sure whether or not you’d like the change, then I would say stick to the classic cocktail.

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The cuba libre drink has been garnished with a lime wedge.

Cuba Libre Drink Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving


  • 4 ounces cola
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup ice


  • Pour contents into a cocktail glass with ice, and stir to combine. Garnish with lime wedges if desired. Serve cold!
    4 ounces cola
    2 ounces light rum
    ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
    ½ cup ice


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1 finished cocktail. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include the lime wedges seen in the photos. Actual calories will vary. Storage of the Cuba libre is not recommended.


Serving: 4.5ounce | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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