Cocktail of the Week – El Presidente
1½ oz. rich white rum
1½ oz. Dolin Vermouth Blanc
1 barspoon orange Curaçao or Grand Marnier
½ barspoon real grenadine *
Stir ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass. Express oils from an orange twist over the top and drop in or discard. Garnish, if desired, with a cherry.
The El Presidente cocktail was named in honor of Mario García Menocal, president of Cuba from 1913 to 1921. Beginning in 1920 when Prohibition took effect in the US, many Americans would fly to Cuba for the weekend to get some legal booze and nightlife. The cocktail became popular and was soon found in some of the illegal US Speakeasies during Prohibition.
*The Bartender Journey team members are current members of the USBG NY Chapter.