Sam Horwitz's Classic Cocktail Compendium

(With photos)

El Presidente

El Presidente

Stir all of the ingredients with ice in frozen mixing glass and strain into a frozen cocktail glass. Express and discard an orange peel and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

This recipe comes from Julio Cabrera who makes this classic Cuban cocktail more spirit-forward and clarifies the need for a vermouth blanc rather than the often-cited dry French vermouth. This vermouth switch is allegedly more historically accurate rather than a modern update. I can also personally state that this cocktail is simply not very good when a dry vermouth is used.

  1. This is the Chambéry vermouth that would have been available in Cuba at the time of this cocktail’s creation.

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