This deliciously fruity El Presidente Cocktail is the perfect elegant cocktail for a party or celebration. It is really simple to make and you can always double, triple or quadruple the recipe below according to the number of guests you are serving – the only limit being how much rum you have!
I like to serve it in martini glasses, as it quite a little drink – you wouldn’t want it in a glass much bigger. I first made this cocktail based on a mixture of some of the variations of the El Presidente cocktail that I have been researching. The first few would have blown away flu! They were very potent and not that enjoyable as the only flavour was very strong alcohol. Some of the variations contained rum, triple sec, fruit liqueur AND martini! But the traditional Cuban ingredients appear to be rum, curacao, vermouth, and grenadine.
There seems to be a vast amount of difference in which variations of alcohol people think should go into El Presidente, but the most consistently popular (and one of my favourites) is good old rum. So I just used gold rum, mixed with some sweet fruity pineapple juice (try to use pure juices, rather then juice drinks with added sugar) some freshly squeezed lime to add a bit of citrus tang and lovely sweet grenadine, to mellow out the acidity.
- 3 - 4 Ice Cubes
- 35ml measure of Rum
- Teaspoon of Lime Juice
- 70ml Measure of Pineapple Juice
- Tablespoon of Grenadine
- Put the ice cubes into the cocktail shaker, add the rest of the ingredients and shake well.
- Put a cocktail stirrer into the shaker and taste, if you think it needs more sweetness add more grenadine, more of a tang - add more lime. Shake again.
- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a circle of lime.