This cocktail is believed to have been invented by an American barman at the Jockey Club in Old Havana named Eddie Woelke. During that era, Old Havana was alive with American celebrities, aristocrats and politicians. People Like Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Spencer Tracy and many more would flock to Havana to enjoy the nightlife and legal booze. El Presidente was one of the very popular cocktails of those days, but today it seems to have gotten lost in the era of Vodka and speed bar cocktails.
The El Presidente has all of the true classic ultra premium cocktail hallmarks, the true flavor is only attained when it is made with the proper ingredients, cheap versions just kill its marvelous flavor. Basil Woon, one of the society correspondents of the era call it the "aristocrat of cocktails", and there were many others who were of the same opinion when it came to the El Presidente.
El Presidente (Original Recipe)
Bahama Bob's El Presidente
- 1 1/2 oz. Diplomatico Blanco Rum
- 3/4 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
- 3/4 oz. Dolin de Chambery Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 Tsp. Dekuypers Pomegranate Liqueur
This is a wonderfully dry cocktail, not one for people with a sweet palate, but a very nice and very flavorful one anyway.