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"Capricorn" How To Make A Cuba Libre Cocktail w/ Mint

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Refreshing take on a classic Cuba Libre cocktail. Fresh mint is added to elevate this version to somewhere between a Cuba Libre and mojito.

cuba libre cocktail in a tall glass with mint

Most people think of a Cuba Libre and simply rum and coke, but if you’ve ever had a proper one, then you know it’s better and beyond. Lime juice gives it that extra umph! 

Yes, lime and coke are a perfect pair. And yes I know Cuba Libres don't include mint, but hey I'm a Capricorn, and sometimes we like to make our own rules, dammit! The mint just adds a little bit more and gives it that really refreshing element.

Cuban Libre Ingredients

  • Rum
  • Cola
  • Lime 
  • Mint
  • Ice

How To Make A Cuba Libre Cocktail

Step 1: Muddle the Limes and Mint

Step 2: Add Liquid Ingredients

Layer in on top of muddled ingredients - 1 oz more lime juice, 4 oz cola, and 2 oz rum. Mix well

Step 3: Add Ice

Serving Suggestions

Garnish the drink with mint leaves. Enjoy your Cuba Libre on a particularly hot day with a few Cuban inspired dishes like the following: 

Ropa Vieja

Avocado Salad (Ensalada de Aguacate)

Instant Pot Oxtails and Grits

Eggplant with Mojo Sauce


Tips for Making A Cuba Libre

  • Use YOUR favorite rum
  • Muddle the mint and limes for more flavor
  • Bottled Mexican Coke tastes better than regular coke
  • Enjoy this with a plate of peel and eat shrimp

For other cocktail/mocktail recipes you might like, try these:

Mexican Beer Cocktail

Cucumber Melon & Lime Soda

Sotol Margarita

Tom Collins w/ Kombucha

Summer Shandy Beer Cocktail

Red Wine Sangria

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cuba libre cocktail in a tall glass with mint

Cuba Libre Cocktail

Classic Cuban cocktail with a slight twist.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cuban
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 2 oz Rum
  • 4 oz Cola
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 2 Mint leaves
  • Ice


  • Muddle mint leaves in tall glass.
  • Add lime juice, cola, and rum. Mix well.
  • Top with ice.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lime.



  • Use YOUR favorite rum
  • Muddle the mint and limes for more flavor
  • Bottled Mexican Coke tastes better than regular coke


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 9mg
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Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I was at Havana Harry’s last night end requested a Cuba libra but with muddled mint and lime. It was delicious but the bartender looked at me a little funny when I ordered. Great minds think alike!

Marwin Brown

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Hah! Love it