El Presidente

People think of classic cocktails and assume they're to be made with gin - or maybe even whiskey or bourbon. But there's some great drinks out there made with rum.

Like anything in life, a cocktail is only as good as the ingredients you put into it. For this one, we're using one of our favorite rums, Caña Brava. Made with wild sugar cane molasses from Panama, it's distilled in a 1922 copper and brass still and has the perfect rum flavor that makes and outstanding foundation for cocktails. 

The other key ingredients in this are a really good orange curaçao (we like Pierre Ferrand) and homemade (or at least good quality) grenadine. If you use that nasty bright red stuff, this drink will simply not be the same.  

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Caña Brava Rum
1.25 oz Dry Vermouth
0.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
0.5 oz good quality grenadine (like Eli Mason)
1 orange twist, for garnish

method:

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice. Stir until very cold, strain and serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.