Cuba LibreCuba Libre became popular during the Spanish-American War. It was first mixed in 1900 in Havana, its main ingredient being the famous Cuban rum. Naturally, it became popular with the soldiers that would drink to the freedom of Cuba. Being quite simple, yet classic and extremely popular Cuba Libre gives you room for imagination. You can think of lots of variations. Why not add some soda or any other fizzy drink to it, or make your coke cherry instead of regular. One can play with alcohols - try adding gin or whiskey. You could also try and experiment with lemon and orange juice instead of lime. For the most fearless of us there's always the Caribbean variation - Cuba Libre with...Caribbean hot sauce.