El Presidente

The El Presidente, first accurately described in a 1919 article in the New York Evening Telegram, this Cuban mixture of “bacardi, granatin and French vermouth” was apparently christened in honor of Mario García Menocal, president of that country from 1913 to 1921 and a man who didn’t mind throwing a lip over a cocktail. Also popular with Americans in Havana during the US Prohibition. There are many variations of the recipe. This one dates from 1955.

El PresidenteEl Presidente

1 1/2 oz. Gold rum
1/2 oz. orange curacao
1/2 oz. Dry vermouth
Dash pomegranate grenadine
Orange peel twist for garnish

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously and strain into a chilled 4 – 5 oz. cocktail glass. Garnish with a orange peel twist.

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