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Old 01-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default What's the difference between a Cuba Libre vs Rum & Coke?

What's the difference between a Cuba Libre vs Rum & Coke?

I was wondering about the technical answer to this or if you guys make a distinction?
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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Pretty much the just the addition of some fresh lime juice in a Cuba Libre.
(I squeeze the wedge of lime and leave the wedge in)

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Old 01-28-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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I'd suggest the difference is a lime wedge which may or not be squeezed.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:45 PM   #4
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Wouldn't it also have to be a cuban rum? Else calling it a Cuba Libre is silly .

In the Netherlands we call it a Baco (Bacardi Cola). Since bacardi is drank the most.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:01 AM   #5
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The lime is the important part. IMHO i use light spanish rums with the cuba libre and heavier english rums with my rum and coke. Cockspur and coke is my fav. Matusalem or Don q for the cube libre.
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I'd suggest the difference is a lime wedge which may or not be squeezed.
I sincerely apologize for posting in a three year old thread. But hey they improve with age right?

Regarding you post, what is the purpose of a lime if not squeezed? Just the aromatics like a sprig of mint in a maitai? (I also hope this doesn't sound facetious because I truly respect you and am so thankful you are working on importing the new Demerara 151)

When I'm making a Cuba libre, I just squeeze half an ounce or so of lime in my glass, two ounces of rum, then fill with coke, then stir. To me the lime gives a flavor that makes it a drink instead of a rum and coke.
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I sincerely apologize for posting in a three year old thread. But hey they improve with age right?

Regarding you post, what is the purpose of a lime if not squeezed? Just the aromatics like a sprig of mint in a maitai? (I also hope this doesn't sound facetious because I truly respect you and am so thankful you are working on importing the new Demerara 151)

When I'm making a Cuba libre, I just squeeze half an ounce or so of lime in my glass, two ounces of rum, then fill with coke, then stir. To me the lime gives a flavor that makes it a drink instead of a rum and coke.

Even if you don't squeeze the lime, a slice or a half of fresh cut lime is going to put juice and oil into the drink, not to mention aroma. I'm with you, some juice is necessary, but even a wedge will add flavor.
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I personally roll the wedge inbetween my fingers to get some of those oils out of the zest. Obviously you need clean hands if you're doing this. Muddling at the bottom of the glass just doesn't seem to be the same. Just the juice or not squeezing at all is also lacking for me.

With some rums, I prefer to leave the lime out completely though.

In Spain, they add orange too - I've not tried it at home, but it worked with their Ron Arehucas. When in Rome
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I personally roll the wedge inbetween my fingers to get some of those oils out of the zest. Obviously you need clean hands if you're doing this. Muddling at the bottom of the glass just doesn't seem to be the same. Just the juice or not squeezing at all is also lacking for me.

With some rums, I prefer to leave the lime out completely though.

In Spain, they add orange too - I've not tried it at home, but it worked with their Ron Arehucas. When in Rome
Question: I squeeze my lime with one of those hand squeezers that kinda inverts the citrus as you squeeze. That's gotta release oils and zest from the skin. Now, so these oils and zest fall in with the juice or do they stay on the skin of the fruit? I guess I'm asking if I squeeze my fruit in a squeeze do I still need to drop the leftover skin into the drink?
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I'd cut a small disc off the end of the lime and twist it and throw that in. Those hand squeezers only really work with half a lime, which is quite a lot of juice for one tumbler. I use about 1/8 of a lime for a 300-350ml drink, and 1/4 if I'm making a half litre. An 1/8 is also really easy to get hold of and squeeze without getting your fingers all wet and sticky.

Make sure you wash your limes before using them - I use hot water and an abrasive pad with a little drop of washing up liquid, then rinse thoroughly. It gets the wax and preservatives off the skin.

If you want to know what comes out of the citrus skin when it's twised, do it next to a candle flame - or check this link: http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/0...ming-peel.html

Just experiment - there's no right or wrong way - you'll soon find what you like best, and have lots of fun doing so!
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