El Presidente

1 12 oz Añejo rum
34 oz Dry vermouth
34 oz Triple sec, Cointreau
12 bsp Grenadine
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
Works well with Flor de Cana 7 yr. Wilson also recommends Pampero Aniversario or Havana Club Anejo.
Offered by president of Cuba to Calvin Coolidge in Havana. He declined, you should not.
From other users
  • Absolutely delicious. Used St. Lucia Distillers Chairman's Reserve Rum and homemade grenadine. I like a cherry garnish in addition to the orange twist. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • The blanc vermouth version mentioned in the comments is better, maybe a four. — ☆☆☆
  • With the specs listed the Cointreau really dominates. Next time I'll try the Wondrich spec listed in the comments. — ☆☆☆
  • Puma: 60/30/10 sem grenadine
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tanstaafl2's picture

I find the El Presidente

I find the El Presidente described by David Wondrich in Imbibe back in 2011 to be superior. The biggest change is the use of Dolin Blanc vermouth instead of dry vermouth. 1.5 rich white rum, 1.5 Dolin Blanc vermouth, 1 barspoon orange curacao (or Grand Marnier), 0.5 barspoon of real grenadine (not Roses!), thinly cut orange peel, Stir over cracked ice and express orange peel and drop or discard as preferred, Garnish if desired with maraschino cherry.