Cuba Libre

Despite President Barack Obama’s visit last month, Cuba is not free from crippling US sanctions, nor does it have free and fair elections, however, investor interest is heating up. Tom Muskett-Ford hears how organisations like the International Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales have begun to establish closer relations with the local legal community, helping them integrate the country into the international market

Cuba Libre X (Credit: iStock/debstheleo)

Cuba libre is a popular cocktail made with rum, Coca-Cola and lime. Bacardi, the world’s leading producer of rum, has an interesting story about its origins. According to the company, the beverage was created shortly after the US helped free Cuba from Spanish rule in 1898. As the legend goes, an off-duty US Signal Corps captain strolled into a bar in Old Havana and asked the barman to fix him a Bacardi (naturally) with Coke on ice and a nice juicy wedge of lime. Such was his pleasure on downing the delicious combination, that the whole bar ordered a round. Roused by the camaraderie – and no doubt a little tipsy – the captain proposed a toast. “Por Cuba libre,” he shouted in celebration of the island’s freedom, and the cocktail was born.

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