El Presidente

El Presidente

June 03, 2021

There’s a lot going on in the El Presidente, flavor and history alike. We’re not going to get into the history here as I have a hard time trusting any of the stories of a cocktails origins. As for the flavor, El Presidente is really something special. It’s kind of a spin off of a Manhatten, using rum instead of whiskey. Sophisticated and boozy with tons of depth! We used the really pleasant Plantation 5 Year Rum, but you could use any golden or aged rum. If you don’t have Lillet Blanc sitting around the house then just substitute a Blanc Vermouth in. As far as we could tell the orange liqueur that belongs in this cocktail is Dry Curacao, but you could get away with using Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Preferably Grand Marnier as it has more complexity than Cointreau does. As for Grenadine, we made our own(super easy to do), but a store bought with less additives will work as well. A good one is Small Hand Foods Grenadine. 

It’s a quick and easy cocktail that has a ton of flavor and complexity. Whip one up today and let us know what you think!


El Presidente

Ready in 3 minutes

Serves 1 drink


  • 1 ½ oz Plantation 5 Year Rum(or any flavorful aged rum)
  • 1 ½ oz Lillet Blanc
  • ½ oz Raspberry Coriander Shrub
  • ¼ oz Dry Curacao
  • Barspoon of Grenadine
  • Optional Orange Peel Garnish


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail mixer with ice.
  2. Stir until chilly!
  3. Strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Express garnish over glass and add the peel to the drink.

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