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El Presidente

Chill cocktail glass.  Throw the drink using the Cuban method (or if you prefer, stir all ingredients over ice). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Orange peel garnish.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Cocktail
Tags 1880-1919 (Golden Age), Cuban, Sweet/ish, Tropical
Proof 40.6
Strength 1.4 standard drinks
Glass Cocktail Glass
Temp Cold

Believed to have originated in Havana in the early 1900's (or perhaps at the very end of the 19th Century), the El Presidente is a refreshing, slightly sweet rum cocktail.  

A lot of recipes will call for dry vermouth.  But if you want to make it like the Cubans drank it in the early 20th Century, you'll use Blanc Vermouth de Chambery (or the Italian equivalent, Bianco).  It makes a slightly sweeter drink and it is usually too sweet for me except perhaps after a meal.  So I do a 50/50 dry and blanc vermouth.  

The throw method incorporates a little air into the drink and will slightly tamp down the sweetness in my experience.  I prefer it this way.  

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