Licor 43 Cuba Libre

Licor 43 Cuba Libre

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
2901 Calories
1g Fat
27g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 2901
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 63mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Cuba Libre's origin is uncertain and many claim to have been present when the cocktail was first poured. What's undeniable is that its flavorful simplicity makes it, still today, an all-time favorite. This highball drink is most likely the offspring of the afflux of American business and military personnel that came to Cuba once the Spanish left in the early 1900s. What sets the Cuba Libre apart from a simple rum and Coke drink is that the Cuba Libre needs a squeeze of, and must be garnished with, a lime.

Our take on the famous drink replaces the traditional rum with Licor 43, a highly aromatic and sweet spiced liquor, giving it a new fruity flair. Once mixed, the vanilla flavor of the liquor might come first to your palate, but then the tangy fruit and sweet spices give the cocktail a rum-like taste reminiscent of a rum and Coke with a tropical touch.

If finding Licor 43 is difficult, use a splash of vanilla syrup with rum or use golden rum with vanilla notes. Alternatively, even if more complex in flavor, try the heavily spiced Captain Morgan rum, or the less known Italian Tuaca, also flavored with citrus and spices.


  • 1 ounce Licor 43

  • 1/2 ounce rum

  • 8 ounces cola

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • Lemon slice, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Licor 43 Cuba Libre ingredients

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  2. Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes.

    Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes

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  3. Add Licor 43 and rum to the glass.

    Add Licor 43 and rum to the glass

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  4. Fill the glass with cola.

    Fill the glass with cola

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  5. Pour the lemon juice into the glass.

    Pour the lemon juice into the glass

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  6. Stir to mix and garnish with the lemon slice. 

    Stir to mix and garnish with the lemon slice

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  7. Enjoy!

    Licor 43 Cuba Libre

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What is Licor 43?

Licor 43 is a liquor produced in Cartagena, Spain, where its recipe has been secretly guarded by the family who owns and produces the now-famous 43-ingredient concoction. Flavored with citrus fruit, herbs, and fragrant vanilla, this golden liquor is said to be inspired by a beverage known in Roman times as liquor mirabillis, which the people of Cartagena kept brewing despite its production and consumption being banned by the Roman conquerors. We can be sure that the liquor's fantastic flavor is a wonderful addition to cocktails like Spanish Barraquitos or Mexican Carajillos, and is sensational on its own.

How Strong is a Licor 43 Cuba Libre?

A 43 Licor Cuba Libre is not an overly strong drink compared to other more potent mixtures. A glass made with our measurements weighs in around 7.2% (or 14 proof), similar to a strong 12-ounce beer.