This is just a fancy formal name for rum and coke. There are stories of the Cuba Libre being invented around the same time coke was first created, but who knows if it’s true or not. I can see that being the case as the Cuba Libre is structurally a Rickey, and the Rickey style of cocktails was not invented till the 1880s, which is around the same time coke was invented. One thing we do know about its’ invention was that it was first mixed in Cuba.
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