Best Rum and Coke Recipe (Cuba Libre)
A rum and coke is a classic drink. Having first gained notoriety supposedly during prohibition, when alcohol was not allowed to be consumed, Coke was used to dilute rum to mask the taste of the liquor. There are several types of rum available from dark brown to white rum with golden in the middle. There is no one rum that is better in terms of standards so the best rum for rum and coke is a purely personal choice.
In this article, we look at
- how to make rum and coke
- what is a Cuba Libre
- what’s in a Cuba Libre
- what can be done to make the best rum and coke cocktail possible
In short, a rum and coke is easy to make and so, in this article, we run through the best rum and coke recipe.
What Is A Cuba Libre
Many people have probably had a Cuba libre without realizing. It is simply a rum and coke with lime added to it. The addition of that lime makes a rum and coke that is slightly less sweet as lime cuts through the sugar and adds its own tang or sharpness to it.
Obviously ice can be added to keep the drink cold. Be careful, however, when adding ice to any rum and coke cocktail as it can make you drink more quickly and consume a higher strength drink than you realize.
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Whilst other people may add other additions to a Cuba Libre, the real answer to what’s in a Cuba Libre is really just those three ingredients – rum, coke, and lime juice.
How To Make Rum and Coke
It may sound like a very easy question on how to make rum and coke, but it is surprising how many bars and restaurants make a simple Cuba Libre cocktail or rum and coke cocktail poorly.
The reason being for a substandard rum and coke cocktail will always be the quality of the ingredients. Many bars and restaurants will try to cut costs and improve profit margins by using poor quality rum or coke. In the case of a Cuba Libre cocktail, they will use store-bought lime juice as opposed to freshly squeezed limes. To prevent against a poorly made rum and coke cocktail, when ordering your Cuba Libre cocktail, always specify your favorite rum and your favorite coke. For example, Mount Gay Rum is a quality rum brand and Coca-Cola will always be a reputable coke.
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In terms of strength, this is a purely personal decision. However, if your rum and coke is too strong, with far too large a measure of rum, you will be in danger of only tasting the rum itself. If that is the case, try simply having a rum on the rocks which only uses ice to dilute the spirit.
Rum and coke cocktail purists will usually add two measures of rum to the average-sized tumbler – with the rest of the glass being made up of a handful of ice and coke. Some may like the addition of a slice of lemon at this point although obviously if you are making a Cuba Libre then add a splash of lime juice. If you have, indeed, added lime juice to make a Cuba Libre cocktail then it is best to use a long cocktail spoon to mix the three ingredients together properly for the best results.
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The Different Types of Rum
There are lots of different types of rum on the market with several brands producing different types again. Here are the main types:
- White rum. White rum tends to have quite a strong flavor and is often mixed with Coke or other soft drinks to delete the intensity. Popular brands include famous names like Bacardi.
- Spiced rum. Spiced rum has a variety of uses and is actually very popular in cooking due to the different levels and layers of flavors that the spirit has. A famous brand of spiced rum is Jamaican spiced rum and it can be served either in a rum and coke cocktail or simply on its own over ice.
- Dark rum. Dark rum is perhaps a rum that is the most preferred type of rum on the market thanks to its well-rounded flavor as well as the ability to buy varying levels of quality. Dark rum is actually aged in barrels more often than not and so it is much like wine in that it gets better with age. It is therefore not often always used within a rum and coke cocktail as it tastes delicious served on its own or over ice. That being said it still makes a delicious addition to a Cuba Libra cocktail.
The Best Rum and Cake Recipe – The Bottom Line
Rum and Coke will remain an eternally popular cocktail thanks to the sweetness of coke and the well-rounded flavor of rum.
Additionally, because less expensive types of rum can be used within a rum and coke cocktail, it does not have to be a drink enjoyed by the rich and famous.
That being said the best rum and coke cocktail recipe will always advocate using the best quality rum that you can afford to include as well as the best brand of coke that you have available to you. As with all alcoholic beverages, it is best to consume only a certain amount within your weekly allowance of units.