El Presidente | How to Drink

– This is How To Drink. The
show about making cocktails and how to drink them. I’m Greg and I have never been a professional bartender. I’ve never even had a job in a bar. I don’t worry too much
about precision or technique because at the end of the
day if the drink you like is in the glass, you did it right. Let’s get going. (jazz music) This week on How To Drink
let’s make an El Presidente. I think there’s probably
an American misconception at the very least, just
because of pop culture, that the El Presidente is
named after Fidel Castro. Actually it predates the Castro
regime by a number of years. According to David
Wondrich, it was named for President Mario Garcia Menocal
who was president of Cuba from 1913 to 21, during
the first World War. I found another article
that says it was named for President Gerardo Machado. Who was president of
Cuba from 1925 to 1933. He was a General during the
Cuban War of Independence. I have a suspicion that who
you think that the drink is named for has an awful
lot to do with whether or not you like the drink and
your personal politics but I don’t know. Fortunately, the other week
the limitations on how much rum you can bring back from
Cuba, if you’re an American and you go to Cuba, were lifted. So you can now bring back
all the rum you want. We still don’t have it
for sale here in America. I happen to know a guy who
was down there visiting Cuba and he brought me back some rum. So the rum I’m going to use today for this is a Havana Club Seven Year which I think will make a
very nice El Presidente. We’re going to start
with about a bar spoon and I have a small bar spoon of grenadine. I’m going to put in two of my
bar spoons worth of Curacao. Curacao. Or just, you
know, a liberal pour. And then it’s an ounce and a 1/2 of Lillet and an ounce and a 1/2 of rum. In this case I’m using the
Havana Club Anejo Seven. Here we are. Crack some ice over that. And give that a good stir
and we’re ready to pour. Garnish with a twist of orange. Some people like to run it
around the rim of the glass. I do. Some people don’t. There you have an El Presidente. Let’s see if
I did the drink any justice. I did the drink much justice. This is a phenomenal drink. Holy (beep) that’s good. This is episode seven or eight today so I’m a little tipsy so I’m
going to tell it like it is. This is a (beep) good
drink. That is really tasty. I mean it’s perfectly balanced. It has a nice tail , a good
finish, it opens up strong. The rum plays its part. Everybody is just really working together in this drink perfectly. I
don’t even know … my god … What … let me go again. Boy
that’s good. Boy … whoa. This is an El Presidente. It’s a Cuban cocktail
made with a Cuban rum. I don’t know if that makes a difference. I guess in my mind it does. It’s just a cocktail made right. I hope some of you don’t try
to crucify me for using Lillet instead of a Blanc Vermouth. I think this is a really
good substitution. If you like the show, please subscribe. I look forward to hearing
from your comments. I like to respond to all of them but time prevents me from doing so. My words are backwards
now because I am drunk. Thanks for watching guys. I can’t wait to make another
drink for you guys next week. I hope it’s as good as
this one. Holy hell.


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