Before we get started, let’s omit the “the” when referring to this cocktail. It’s just El Presidente. Sorry… Bilingual pet peeve.

Anywho… El Presidente is a classic Cuban cocktail consisting of white rum, dry vermouth, dry curaçao, and just a dash of grenadine. If you think “hmmm… so it’s like a Cuban Martini?” you wouldn’t be mistaken. Vic Bergeron, aka Trader Vic, also famously referred to El Presidente as the “Martini of Cuba.”

The drink traces its roots to La Habana in 1915. It first appeared in a book titled Manual de Cantineros, or Bartender’s Manual, by John B. Escalante, a manual of recipes and techniques intended for bartenders.

el presidente cocktail

El Presidente

El Presidente is a classic cocktail with a Cuban origin. It consists of dark rum, white vermouth, orange curaçao, and grenadine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine cuban
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • .5 oz dry curaçao
  • .5 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 tbsp grenadine


  • In a mixing glass add ice and each ingredient.
  • With a long bar spoon stir everything well for 20-25 seconds. Strain and serve in a cupé coupe and garnish with a touch of lemon.
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