1 1⁄2 oz Añejo rum
3⁄4 oz Dry vermouth
1⁄2 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.

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Jason Wilson, Boozehound (2010)

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  • 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
  • The blanc vermouth version mentioned in the comments is better, maybe a four. — ★★★
  • Absolutely delicious. Used St. Lucia Distillers Chairman's Reserve Rum and homemade grenadine. I like a cherry garnish in addition to the orange twist. — ★★★★★
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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.

Tried 2 oz Barbancourt blanc, 1 oz Dolin blanc, 1 tsp Curaçao, 1 tsp Grenadine, 2 ds orange bitters. Judgement reserved...