Maverick Cuba Libre Loco

Music Pairing: 2Pac, Unconditional Love


Years ago, I (Aaron) thought rum was a “lesser” spirit. Lacking the subtlety displayed by Bourbon or Scotch, along with an almost a sickly sweetness, it was relegated to the last choice whenever it was time for a nice cocktail. Then, one day, someone said: you just have to try this rum, it does not taste like anything you might expect. Always being open to new things, I took a sip and found myself shocked: I was actually enjoying “Private Stock” rum made by Captain Morgan. With this initial incentive, I thought it might be worth an albeit brief exploration to see what the genre had to offer. More than 8 years later and rums like Zafra, Papas Pilar, Zaya, Ron Zacapa and so many others are a regular staple on our bar at home.  We have come the conclusion that aged, dark rums can bring a similar aesthetic adventure as the best of other spirits. This recipe is my personal take on the legendary Cuba Libre, adding spice (which, as you know, drives our lives) and a little flair for the dramatic. My long-term nickname is Maverick which leads this title, and this recipe seemed best paired with one of our favorite hip-hop artists and urban poets, 2Pac, who is quoted in this song.  “Driven by my ambitions, desire higher positions, so I proceed to make G’s eternally and my mission is to be more than just a rap musician, the elevation of today’s generation if I can make’ em listen.” We hope to elevate your day and bring a smile to your face with this special cocktail.


  • 1 ½ ounce Aged, dark rum (Zafra, Papas Pilar, Zaya, Ron Zacapa recommended however it must be an aged, dark rum… the more aged the better)
  • 3 ounces Coca-Cola (preferably imported with natural sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup)
  • dash of angostura bitters
  • dash of cayenne powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Bourbon spray
  • Orange peel


  1. Place ample ice in tumbler glass then add cayenne powder
  2. Pour rum and then Coca-Cola on top
  3. Stir in angostura bitters using a cinnamon stick leaving the cinnamon stick in the glass
  4. Spray bourbon mist on top (you can take any bourbon and pour into a mister and spray)
  5. Take a slice of orange peel and bend slightly inward. Create a flame with a lighter and holding the orange peel approximately 2 inches away from the flame, squeeze and the oil from the orange peel will eject, ignite and settle on the surface of the drink creating a smoky orange finish

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