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 ‘worst’ thing we could think of to drink.
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.
Um, not my favorite thing.
Today though, my tastebuds have matured and vermouth is no stranger to my liquor stash or my cocktail recipes.
A little history of the 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
- lemon twist (cut a lime wheel and take the fruit away from the rind and then twist)
- 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