ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE ORIGINAL CUBA LIBRE Tuesday, May 03, 2011
First things first: whilst Cinco de Mayo does fall on Thursday of this week, we’re well-aware that it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day—rather, it marks the day an outnumbered Mexican Army defeated French imperialists at Puebla two centuries ago. Cynically, Cinco de Mayo can be observed as a sort-of a bait-and-switch dreamt up by clever U.S. marketers to take advantage of the spring and summer seasons to celebrate the cultures of Mexico by promoting its various foods (spicy) and drinks (beer, imported). In fact it’s arguable that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more widely in the United States than in all of Mexico.
We’re also aware that The Original Cuba Libre, born in Cuba on the heels of that island nation’s independence from colonial Spain just over a century ago, has nothing to do with Mexico, let along Cinco de Mayo.
So why are we, at The Original, drinking Cuba Libres on May 5? Because our version of The Original Cuba Libre (Bacardi Gold Rum, Coke, lime) is made with Coca~Cola, not from the Wunder-Bar, but from glass bottles imported from Mexico. This, of course, means your Cuba Libre is sweetened with real cane sugar, and not chemically produced, artificial sweeteners.
Of course, it’s not without irony that the Cuba Libre is served with Coca~Cola. With it’s tilde-like ribbon—one of the world’s most recognizable logos—the soda giant is one of the few multinational corporations that enjoy a sweeping view from atop the Capitalistic pyramid, producing one of the two main ingredients in one of the world’s most consumed cocktails, which ha been named to celebrate what has now been for 60 years a communist regime.
Nonetheless, there’s nothing quite like an old-fashioned Coca~Cola served from the bottle, whether you mix it with rum, or not. And lest you forget, you can also try out signature take on the one of Mexico’s most beloved drinks with a sip or two of our Ancho Chile Margarita.