Vintage cocktail – El Presidente

El Presidente detail

I have been experimenting with a few prohibition era cocktails lately in preparation for a speakeasy party.

El Presidente is one of the first I have tried from a book called The Art of Vintage Cocktails, by Stephanie Rosenbaum. I picked it up on a whim at the library suspecting it would another book cashing in on the Vintage craze and maybe lacking substance – but this was a good little read, new cocktails, cool anecdotes and a focus on very vintage cocktails, and prohibition drinks. Perfect!

Named in honour of Mario Garcia Menocal, Cuba’s president from 1913 – 1921.

So, the recipe:

El Presidente:

1 & 1/2 ounces Cuban light Rum

1 & 1/2 ounces Dolin Vermouth Blanc (I used a off the shelf white vermouth)

1/2 ounce Cointreau or Curacao (I used triplesec)

Dash of Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, pour into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.

By way of review this went down a treat with all drinks testers, unanimously concluding that this is a more serious drink – not to be underestimated!

El Presidente

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