August 16th is National Rum Day. Perfect excuse for a daiquiri, tiki drink, swizzle. I, however, am drinking the classic, incredibly simple and tasty Cuba Libre. Stories date the drink back to the turn of last century, during the Spanish-American War, 1898, where Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders sipped it in Havana. Coca-Cola, however was not available in Cuba until a few years later so no one knows the exact origins, but certainly the drink was first consumed there as the Cuban Liberation Army's battle cry was "Cuba Libre!"
Bacardi white rum, cola, lime. That's it, everyone knows the recipe (try Bacardi Gold too). A few years ago my bartending colleague Michael Stevens and I dressed up in homage to Bacardi's ad campaign at that time, maybe we should do it again this week.
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