To celebrate the end of the Cuban War of Independence, US soldier Captain Russell ordered a BACARDÍ Gold Rum and cola with lime. Curious onlookers asked its name. The Captain proposed a toast, 'Por Cuba Libre,' 'For A Free Cuba,' and the original Cuba Libre was born.
Many claim to be the creators of this young-at-heart staple (all with slightly differing ingredient lists), but this version is the real deal. And while the name of this classic cocktail is misleading, very few actually liken the taste to a real iced tea. One thing we know for sure is that this cocktail has certainly made a name for itself outside of Long Island.