I’m starting to notice a bit of a trend here. Pink cocktails are delicious. Now I have no doubt we could whip up something pink that would taste terrible, but for the most part I think my contention holds true. The El Presidente certainly follows this rule to a tee. I didn’t make any real alterations to the recipe this week, just tweaked it to my liking. So, let’s start with the recipe then we’ll talk tweaks.
El Presidente (Cocktail Hacker)
2 oz White Rum 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Lime Juice 1/4 oz Grenadine
1) Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice 2) Shake until well chilled 3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Looks almost exactly the same, but it’s different I swear. The first tweak is I experimented with is the amount of grenadine. I found anywhere from 1/4 – 1/3 oz of my homemade grenadine to be great. My personal choice is 1/4 oz as it results in a drier cocktail that I think really works wonderfully in this case.
The only other tweak I’d suggest is pick a rum that you love for this drink. I tried my house white rum, Flor de Caña, and Rhum Clemént Première Canne. Both resulted in fantastic cocktails but for this application I prefer the Flor de Caña. It allows the juices and grenadine to take center stage in the flavor profile which is exactly what I was looking for.
I will definitely be adding this drink to my regular rotation and I highly recommend you give it a try.