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Cuba Libre à la Haiti

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Haitian rum and falernum amplify the island vibes in this take on the Cuba Libre.

A bartender’s visit to Haiti inspired this play on the classic Cuba Libre, served on draft at San Francisco’s Interval at Long Now (but just as easy to mix at home).


  • 1½ oz. Haitian white rum (Interval uses Barbancourt)
  • ½ oz. falernum
  • ⅜ oz. cane cola syrup (Interval uses Monin, or substitute the syrup and seltzer for 2 oz. of Mexican Coke or other cane cola)
  • 1½ oz. seltzer
  • Half a medium-sized lime
  • Tools:barspoon
  • Glass:double Old Fashioned
  • Garnish:spent lime shell


Add all the liquid ingredients to an ice-filled glass. Squeeze the juice from the lime half into the glass and stir briefly to combine. Garnish with the spent lime shell.

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