We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have two rules for drinking. Amber fluids in the Autumn, and Winter; that would be Jack D, and Jim B straight up on ice. Clear fluids for the Spring and Summer that would be Belvedere vodka/lemon straight up on ice.Budweiser, and dago red I drink all the time. I'm starting to worry, because I put ice in them too!
When I was attending bartending school in Vegas a few years back, I kept up a blog on my adventures. Here's a snippet.
I plan to wage war on behalf of the poor Cuba Libre drinker.
Long have they suffered! Every time someone orders one, some smartass in the group comments that they just ordered a Rum & Coke and paid a dollar more for the lime wedge. Imagine the ridicule and shame the poor Cuba Libre drinker must endure!
Step one is to make every Cuba Libre in a tall, frosted chimney glass with two lime wedges clipped to the top.
Step two is to clue the waitresses in on the scheme. When some poor, hapless slob orders a Cuba Libre and the other guys get on his case, the waitress signals me when she gives me the order.
It's time to go to war.
I've had some tiny pamphlets printed up, only a few inches square with just a few pages. I slap a couple of lime wedges onto the edge of his drink and call for the waitress.
When she delivers his drink, she tells him "The bartender would like to see you for a minute." He walks over and I tell him, "If anyone asks, just tell them I thought you were somebody else. Take this into the bathroom and read it in private."
I adroitly slip the tiny pamphlet across the bar and he palms it. I wave like "Sorry for the mistake!" for his friends who are watching and turn away. He stops by the bathroom on the way back to his table and reads:
Víva la Cuba Libre!
The next time someone implies your Cuba Libre is just a Rum & Coke with a lime wedge, lift the frosted glass up casually for everyone to see, subtly driving home the point that you have a frosted glass — and they don't. Look the person dead in the eye and say, "Are you sure?"
When he persists, again raise the glass, but this time inspect it a little closer, then say, "Apparently, you don't realize what happens to two liquids when they're in a tall chimney glass."
The whole concept of heavier liquids — like the rum — settling to the bottom of the tall, thin chimney glass will suddenly become clear to those in-the-know, and they'll realize that maybe a Cuba Libre actually gets stronger as you drink it, and that you knew this great secret all along!
Then point out that a true Cuba Libre has two lime wedges, one for the beginning of the drink and one for the end, and that "this bartender knows what he's doing." They'll have never heard that one before, causing further confusion among the ranks.
Víva la Revolución!
When he glances at me as he walks out, I silently raise a glass to him.
That software update Maggie's went through a few years ago sure screwed up a lot of posts and comments. Anything with an Alternate Character got turned into a question mark thingy, like above. Management apologizes for the incredible lack of readability this has imposed.
For a good time, click on the 'Link' next to my name up above. That's my old address. Nice to see someone made good use of it.
Two keys to a great Cuba Libra are the bitters which is not mentioned and using a Coke made with real sugar, not the high fructose corn syrup variety. You can find these sometimes at Cosco imported from Mexico.
As others have pointed out, a Cuba Libre is a variation on rum and Coca Cola. Back during World War II, the big one, the Andrews Sisters had a hit with Rum and Coca Cola, a song which they filched from Lord Invader, the Trinidadian calypsonian. Here is Lord Invader's original Rum and Coca Cola.
Which rum and Coca Cola version is the best to drink? I leave that question to others who know more than I do.