light rum, Coca-Cola and lime juice
The ubiquitous “rum & Coke”, often improved with a squeeze of lime juice, possibly begun around 1900, but certainly established by 1920, and immensely popular during World War II.
There’s not much to the drink, as it’s merely a highball made with Coca-Cola instead of club soda or seltzer. The fresh lime juice adds a fresh element to a drink that is otherwise comprised of bottled ingredients.
Build in a tall glass:
- 1 squeeze of lime
- 2 oz light rum
Fill with chilled Coca-Cola.
Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 209–10; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz