IN 1898 THE US ARMY IOINED forces with rebel troops to help Cuba win its struggle for independence. To celebrate their victory the allied soldiers created the Cuba Libre, a symbolic blend of Bacardi, Cuba’s favourite spirit, and America’s favourite soft drink. The Cuba Libre was proof that no matter which way you mix it the unmistakeable flavour of Bacardi always shines through. Which possibly explains why Bacardi went on to become the world’s favourite spirit. As for the fizzy brown stuff... that’s another story.