El Presidente

El Presidente Cocktail

Base Spirit: Rum, Vermouth / Aperitif Wine

Type: Classics

Served: Neat/Up

Preparation: Shaken

Strength: Strong

Difficulty: Medium

Flavor Profile: Spirit-forward

About the El Presidente Cocktail

Hail to the chief and mix up El Presidente cocktail.

Ingredients in the El Presidente Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz White rum (such as Bacardi)
  • .75 oz Orange Curaçao
  • .75 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1 dash Grenadine

Glass: Cocktail

How to make the El Presidente Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

(This recipe is adapted from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, published in 1930. The drink is also known as the El Presidente.)

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  1. For the love of God, man—do NOT shake this wonderful drink.

    Stir, please!

  2. Ignacio Taboada says

    Yes I´m a psychiatrist, born in La Habana Cuba, living in Caracas for the last 52 years. I´m 70 since lst week.
    Sorry for the mixologist. Presidente, as it was called in Cuba, is exactly what you virtually printed, but… no grenadine in it. My mother, also cuban but not drinking anymore since her death at 90, was a fan of Presidente.
    Kind regards.


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