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The Original Cuba Libre Recipe

More Than Just a Rum and Coke

My favourite Cuba Libre Recipe starts with a good shot of real Cuban rum, followed by the juice of half a lemon, plenty of ice, and not too much cola.

The first time I had this particular mix was in Santiago de Cuba, on a very hot afternoon in May 2003. And every time I smell and taste this original long drink it brings back memories of Cuban Son and Rueda Casino!

Photo of a real good Cuba Libre mixed by Ricardo using Havana Club Single Barrel rum. Amigos, this was a real good Cuba Libre mixed by Ricardo on the basis of Havana Club Single Barrel rum.

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Cuba Libre Ingredients

For this Cuba Libre recipe - as made in Santiago de Cuba - you will need the following ingredients:

2 fld. ounces
Havana Club Rum (prefereably "Añejo Especial")
Lime *), cut into 3 wedges;
Ice Cubes
Pepsi Cola (or Coca Cola)

*) For clarity, by "lime" we mean that round green type of lemon. (if you can't get limes, use lemons instead. The taste is not exactly the same, but it's better than nothing!)

Cuba Libre Preparation

To make a really good Cuba Libre is easy:

Salud, Dinero y Amor!

A Note about Havana Club Rum:

I like Havana Club rum for its dry taste and unique spicy aroma.

For my American friends: don't worry too much about Havana Club, just use a dark Bacardi. While Havana Club is the prime Cuban rum, some of the other Cuban brands taste just like Bacardi.

Picture of the Bar at the Havana Club Museum, La Havana, Cuba Bar at the Havana Club Museum, La Havana, Cuba

Juancho's BBQ Tip

For maximum taste:

Serve your cocktails and longdrinks as COLD as possible!

Make sure that all your cocktail and longdrink ingredients, tools and glasses are as cold as possible before you start mixing.

Softdrinks, juices, lemons, glasses, shakers, stirrers, etc. go in the refrigerator.
Liquor can even be kept in the freezer!


Although this is a barbecue website, grown-ups are hereby fully authorized to use these beautiful longdrink recipes for any party.

Even if there isn't a barbecue within a mile!

However, in any event or circumstances: Drink responsibly, keep alcohol away from children, and never drink and drive!

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Hot Smoke Longdrink Menu

The friends of Hot Smoke BBQ have approved and certified these longdrink recipes, but only after extensive, repeated, thorough and passionate testing...

Longdrinks based on Rum:

Longdrinks based on Tequila:

Longdrinks - General:

Hot Smoke Cocktail Menu

Cocktails are great to kick start any party. After a few sips of a good cocktail everybody will get into the right mood.

Cocktails - General:

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Some things about alcohol to seriously consider:

Hot Smoke BBQ does not condone, approve or promote any excessive use of alcohol.

Enjoy your drink, but keep the party a party for everyone.
And never ever forget that Barbecues, Smokers and Grills are hot and potentially very dangerous!


- Keep children away from alcohol!

- Don't Drink and Drive!

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