Cuba Libre With Licor 43

Cola and lemon

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Lots of people enjoy a “Cuba Libre” or rum and cola when they want a cocktail. What happens when you nix the rum and add a bit of a Spanish liqueur called Licor 43 to it? You add a little Spanish style to this tropical drink.

Serve it to your friends, and they’ll be asking what your secret is. And that's in the Licor 43, which has complex flavors that will turn your regular rum and coke upside down. The Licor 43 is a Spanish liqueur that is made with 43 ingredients including herbs, spices, and vanilla. 

The history of the beverage started in the 1940s when the Licor 43 company wanted to recreate an ancient Roman recipe known as liquor mirabillis. It became a national brand around the 1970s and is now available in more than 50 countries across the globe.


  • Ice cubes to fill a 12-ounce glass
  • 1 ounce Licor 43
  • 1/2 ounce rum
  • 8 ounces cola
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Garnish: lemon slice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

  3. Add Licor 43 and rum to the glass.

  4. Fill the glass with cola.

  5. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice into the glass.

  6. Stir to mix and garnish with lemon slice. 

Also known as Cuarenta Y, Licor 43 is derived from citrus and fruit juices as well. It has a yellow, goldish color and is 62 proof. First, you will probably taste the vanilla but then you'll enjoy the tangy fruit and sweet spices that also give it a rum-like taste reminiscent of the rum and coke. Licor 43 is also known as liquid gold.

Want to substitute Licor 43 into a cocktail if you do not have it on hand? Substitute a splash of vanilla syrup into the drink or use a golden rum that has vanilla notes to attain a similar flavor profile.

A popular drink with Licor 43 in it is Otto's Grotto. This cold drink includes coffee, white rum, coffee liqueur such as Kaluha, Licor 43, and a splash of heavy cream. While coffee is the superstar here, the rum, coffee liqueur, and Licor 43 all add extra flavor that makes it so unique.