El Presidente

El Presidente is a Cuban cocktail that originated in Havana in the 1920s.  It can be translated to a barrel-aged cocktail with a few adjustments to the original recipe as well.


El Presidente

1.5 ounces light rum

0.75 ounce dry vermouth

2 dashes Curacao

1 dash grenadine

Shake well with cracked ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Aged El Presidente

18.5 ounces of gold rum

9 ounces of dry vermouth

3 ounces of Grand Marnier

2 ounces of grenadine

1-liter oak barrel

(For Serving:  Ice and Orange Twists)

* If the barrel is new and dry inside, fill it with water and let stand until watertight (about 24 hours) and drain.

* Fill the barrel with all of the liquid ingredients needed for your cocktail, using a funnel.

* Age the cocktail until it has taken on a softer, rounded but not overly oaky flavor (about 1 month).  Taste a sample once a week to ensure that you are not letting it age too long.

* Strain the cocktail through a coffee filter-lined funnel into a glass container.

* If you age a new cocktail in the barrel after a previous one, it may pick up on some of the flavor from the first cocktail aged in the barrel.  This can be a fun thing to play around with while aging drinks!

* Store until you are able to enjoy!

* To serve, pour 3 ounces into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir until chilled.  Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with an orange twist.


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