Bacardi Rum celebrates the 111th anniversary of the creation of the original Bacardi cuba libre. With its refreshing combination of rum and the American classic Coca-Cola and rich historical ties to Cuba, this legendary drink has withstood the test of time and continues to be enjoyed by millions of consumers internationally.
The origins of the original Cuba Libre trace back to Cuba’s War for Independence in 1898, when Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and his regiment, known as the Rough Riders, along with large droves of Americans, arrived in Cuba. Coca-Cola was introduced to Cuba after the arrival of American troops, and it soon became a popular choice for Cubans and Americans alike.
In August 1900, while celebrating victory at the American Bar in Havana, Captain Russell of the United States Army Signal Corps, ordered his rum and Coke, served with a wedge of fresh lime. This new combination sparked interest from the soldiers around him and soon the entire bar was drinking one. The captain proposed a toast, “¡Por Cuba libre!” in celebration of a free Cuba. The words Cuba Libre, meaning Free Cuba, had a special political significance, and were frequently used by Cubans and Americans alike. It seemed quite natural that the American soldiers selected aThe name caught on quickly, and remains popular to this day.
In 1862, in Santiago de Cuba, Don Facundo Bacardi Masso revolutionized rum making by developing the world’s first smooth light-bodied spirit Bacardi Rum , what the world now knows as premium rum. As the ultimate mixing spirit, Bacardi Rum inspired the creation of legendary cocktail recipes like the Mojito, the Daiquiri, and the Pina Colada.
Bacardi’s headquarters are now in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company moved from Havana after Fidel Castro took power and the United States broke off relations with Cuba.
Bacardi rum is not sold in Cuba. Havana Club is the national brand.
The former Bacardi Rum building in Havana is a beautiful art deco building.
With files from CNW
Original BACARDI Cuba Libre
2 partsI rum
4 parts Coca-Cola
2 lime wedgesIce cubes
Fill a highball glass with cubed ice. Squeeze and drop a fresh lime wedge into the glass. Pour in rum and top with chilled Coca-Cola. Stir gently.