Rum and cola is just rum and cola, right? After all, this is how you’ve always made the beverage since your undergraduate years. And even today, all your friends mix rum and cola together for a mediocre drink – but does it have to be this way? Is it supposed to be this way?
The history behind the iconic rum and cola concoction is based off the Cuba Libre, which translates into “Free Cuba.” In the midst of the Spanish-American War, the Cuba Libre began gaining popularity in 1901 and 1902. Who would have thought that the collision between the United States and Spain would result in the creation in what’s arguably one of the world’s most famous drinks?
While we may think of rum and cola as common beverage today, it was originally viewed as one of the most unique flavors for drinks. In fact, the Cuba Libre was even considered exotic, as it was made from kola nuts and coca. But in 1945, The Andrews Sisters released a song called, “Rum and Cola,” and the exotic and varied recipes for Cuba Libre were frozen into a simpler recipe.
If you’re in a jam and want to experience unique flavors for drinks, why not try rum and cola as it was intended to be consumed? You might find your taste buds surprised at the twist on this classic flavor. And with the premium cola syrup that’s available today, you can enjoy an even richer flavor than the originators of the drink could have ever imagined.
- ½ lime
- 2 oz. light rum
- 4 oz. cola
- 1 pump Amoretti Premium Cola Syrup
Take a Collins glass, and squeeze as much juice from the lime as you can into the glass. Next, add ice cubes, then pour the remaining ingredients on top. Stir well to ensure that all the ingredients, particularly the premium cola syrup, infuse their flavor into one another.
While this is similar to the rum and cola that you’re familiar with, the lime juice (and amount of it) adds a refreshing taste that lightens the whole concoction. And the use of Amoretti Premium Cola Syrup adds incredible flavor to this classic recipe.
If you want to take things further with unique flavors for drinks, then consider adding 2 dashes of bitters to your drink.
So what do you think about the Cuba Libre? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our official Amoretti Facebook page!