Drink of the Weekend – El Presidente

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- El Presidente -

 

A Cuban creation, the El Presidente was the house cocktail at Club El Chico in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, where America was introduced to the rhumba in 1925.

Regulars considered the El Presidente “elixir for jaded gullets,” and who are we to disagree?

The El Presidente earned its acclaim in Havana, Cuba during the 1920s through the 1940s during the American Prohibition.

The cocktail was named in honor of President Gerardo Machado and quickly became the preferred drink of the Cuban upper class.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz. rich white rum
1½ oz. Dolin Vermouth Blanc (Martini & Rossi or Cinzano Bianco are fine substitutes)
1 barspoon orange Curaçao or Grand Marnier
½ barspoon real grenadine
Thinly cut orange peel
Tools: barspoon, mixing glass, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: maraschino cherry (optional)

 

PREPARATION

Stir ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Twist a swatch of thinly cut orange peel over the top and drop in or discard. Garnish, if desired, with a cherry.

 

 

 

 

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