Let's face it, there's nothing truly exotic about a Rum and Coke anymore. Like any cliche, its popularity has waxed because of its widespread accessibility.
But that wasn't always so. The ubiquitous college party cocktail got its start as the "Cuba Libre," possibly, as some believe, because it was enjoyed by patriots aiding the now hostile country during the Spanish-American War.
On the other hand, it could have come about when someone had the genius idea of pouring some rum into his bottle of Coca-Cola. The world may never know, but we can sure as hell enjoy it.
This one's simple:
* Fill highball glass with ice.
* Two parts Cola, one part white rum. Stir.
* Garnish with lime wedge.