El Presidente, 1940 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Apr 4 2014 - 3:54am by RetroRuth

Who is ready for a cocktail?


This week we are making El Presidente from The Host’s Handbook, which was published in 1940 by the National Distillers Product Corporation.

El Presidente
  • ½ Don Q Rum (White Label)
  • ½ French Vermouth
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Dash of Curacao
  • Dash of Grenadine
  1. Combine Rum and Vermouth, and juice of one lemon, dash of Curacao and dash of Grenadine. Shake well with ice and serve with a cherry.






“How is it?”


The Verdict: A Really Nice Drink

From The Tasting Notes –

Good Vermouth flavor. A bit too much lemon, next time would probably just use a dash. Fruity, but not sickeningly sweet. A really nice, but strong, drink.

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2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jessica April 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Go Badgers!!!!!!

  2. Alan Christensen April 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I made myself one. Had to substitute triple sec for the Curacao. I like it. It looks more punchy than your photo, which i think is because i used just a dash of lemon juice.

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