This excellent el presidente cocktail is so delicious, I wish I had discovered it long ago! It is perfectly balanced and oh so good!
Peek a boo! That’s what this excellent el presidente cocktail is saying to you.
I heard about this el presidente cocktail many years ago, but never tried it because I wasn’t too sure about the vermouth. Which is funny because I like the rest of the ingredients.
So, why would the vermouth turn me off?
Maybe because when I worked at the Mexican restaurant many years ago, during one very boring shift, when a bunch of us were trying to find something to amuse ourselves, we each took a shot of vermouth because it was the ‘grossest’ thing we could think of to drink.
Little Lainey Almost Tossed her Cookies
Now, I’ve said this many, many times but I was a tequila loving, margarita loving person. Sure, at times I would order a daiquiri to prove I could drink something else. But I mostly stuck with my delicious Cadillac margaritas.
So, I took the shot with my five other bored co-workers.
I wanted to let it come back out of my mouth from my stomach, but I was proud then. Very proud. And I wasn’t going to show my weakness. At least, not to those hooligans. So, I swallowed repeatedly and made some grimacing faces, and I persevered.
As you can see, vermouth is not something I liked then – none of us did – but I do now because my tastes (not to mention my behavior when I’m bored) have matured.
Today, vermouth is no stranger to my liquor stash or my cocktail recipes.
A Little History of El Presidente Cocktail
To begin with, the el presidente cocktail was invented in Havana, Cuba in the decade of 1910s and achieved great acclaim through the 1940s. So, I believe it is making a comeback.
See, just a little history.
HOw to make El Presidente Cocktail
Front and center, you see Cointreau, gold rum, vermouth and grenadine.
So, let’s get started.
I fill my cocktail shaker half way with ice and add 2 ounces rum (white or gold, not dark or spiced), 3/4 ounce Cointreau, 3/4 ounce dry vermouth and 1 dash grenadine.
I also cap the shaker, shake the bejesus out of it, hastily grab my coupe glass and strain the contents into the glass. By the way, I previously cut a lemon twist and placed it in the glass.
I certainly wanted to experiment with some moody photos, so here are various views. Tell me what you think.
This is Moody #One!
The aerial view because I think Christopher misses them.
Finally, my favorite, Moody #Three.
This el Presidente cocktail is delicious, so I can’t wait for you to try it and tell me what you think in a comment.
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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Excellent El Presidente Cocktail
- 2 ounces rum white or gold but not spiced or dark
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 dash grenadine - you can use just a little like I did or more if you want a darker drink
Tools, Garnish and Glassware
lemon twist - I cut a lemon wheel and took the fruit away from the rind, then twisted
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
- Add rum, Cointreau, vermouth and grenadine
- Cap shaker and shake at least 20 times
- Strain into coupe glass and twist the lemon rind into it