Far from passé – this classic won the war.

This simple and unmistakably attractive cocktail was certainly America’s drink during the second World War when most spirits were scarce and Coca-Cola was still in good supply. While a the humble Rum & Coke has little snob appeal it is a refreshing drink especially with the addition of a freshly squeezed lime wedge.

Have a classic Cuba Libre for nostalgia’s sake and then have another when no one else is looking.


  • 2 ounces of quality Rum
  • 6 to 8 ounces of Cola (We like the Mexican Coca-Cola found at many Mexican grocers in the US.)
  • 1 quarter of a lime


Squeeze the lime wedge into a collins glass followed by the Rum. Add ice and top with the cola. Stir gently to combine while being careful to not lose the cola’s carbonation.