Proof Cuba Libre
Calling a rum-and-Coke a “Cuba Libre” sounds a little pretentious, but just name-checking the main ingredients undersells this delicious, enduring cocktail by a lot. Traditionally made with rum, Coca-Cola, and lime, the Cuba Libre is a legit classic, over a century old and both Cuban and American in origin.
Our version calls for either lime or lemon juice plus Black Walnut Proof Syrup — a pleasantly nutty, surprisingly tropical-tasting addition that’s delicious with light rum.
Speaking of rum? Regular white-label Bacardi is what this recipe calls for, but use what you’ve got — or experiment with an aged, gold, or spiced version. One of the beautiful things about rum and Coke is that that combination works so well together, it’s hard to mess up.