The Cuba Libre Cocktail With Captain

Captain Morgan Rum is Getting More Popular

A huge variety of drinks can come into mind when thinking of alcohol. There are cocktails, wines, beers, whiskey, rum, liqueur, vodka you name it. Everyone has their favourite drink or brand, sometimes it depends on the occasion what you drink. A Johnny Walker Blue label whiskey bottle that you pay around 199 – 250 Euros for, is something you want to save for a special occasion. Whereas a bottle of Jack Daniel’s would be more of a standard norm when drinking whiskey in a pre-session or in nightclubs.

One drink that is popular in Dublin and the whole of Ireland is Rum and Coke. The brand that is often enjoyed in style is Captain Morgan rum from Puerto Rico.  If you have never spoiled yourself with this delicious drink , at least  you probably have heard of it.  Captain Morgan rum has been introduced in 1944 and is named after the 17th-century British privateer (fancy name for legal pirate) of the Caribbean, Sir Henry Morgan. Henry even looks like the pirate used in the Captain Morgan logo! While he was a notorious privateer (and not only in a good way), he is considered as one of the greatest privateers (pirates) the world has ever known.


Captain Morgan offers many different rum varieties like:

  • Black (the original  Captain Morgen rum with a dark colour and  a distinctive rich taste)
  • Dark Rum (a blend of Caribbean and Canadian rum)
  • Original Spiced (aged Carribean rum, with spices and other natural flavours)
  • Original Spiced Gold (a blend of rum and other spirits and enhanced with fruit flavours, spices and a heavy touch of vanilla)
  • Parrot Bay (white rum offered in a variety of flavourings including coconut, key lime, mango, orange, passion fruit, pineapple and strawberry )
  • Silver Spiced (aged in oak barrels for over a year, with a smooth taste and a well-rounded, vanilla character)
  • White Rum flavoured (white Rum in a variety of flavourings including coconut, grapefruit & pineapple)

The rum alone is worth a taste, but mixing it with coke is a good idea as well!  While the term Rum and Coke is used often, the official name of such a drink is the Cuba Libre.  This is basically a cocktail made of cola, lime, and dark or light rum. Nevertheless the name Cuba Libre only applies when the lime is included! If that’s not part of the drink, it is “merely” a rum and coke.


Cuba Libre: A Popular Easy to Make Cocktail

The Cuba Libre (Free Cuba) seems to have made its very first introduction in Havana, Cuba around 1901/1902. Legend says that a captain named Russell of the United States Army Signal Corps entered a bar and ordered rum and coke with a slice of lime. He held up this new drink and  toasted “Por Cuba libre!” in celebration of a free Cuba after the Spanish–American War. Those words were used often by Cubans and Americans in that time. Toasting with his new drink while shouting those famous words turned out be a memorable happening.

You drink a Cuba Libre officially in a collins glass which is often used to serve mixed drinks. The process of making this cocktail is simple:

  • Squeeze a lime into a Collins glass
  • Add 2 or 3 ice cubes
  • Pour in the rum
  • Garnish with a lime wedge
  • Fill with cold Coca-Cola
  • Stir briefly

What do you think of the Cuba Libre taste? Which rum do you use to make your perfect rum cocktail?