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El Presidente Cocktail

Updated: Jun 2, 2018



Presidents’ Day is here! After combining our chocolates with a few carefully selected wines and liquors recently, a particular drink comes to mind for this festivity – the El Presidente cocktail. You’d be surprised at what you can make out of some light run mixed with grenadine and orange.

We personally think everything blends in just right, and with the right proportions, you can make a colorful, tasty cocktail. What we like about this drink is that it’s simple to make. In a shaker with ice, you just add 2 parts rum, 1 part vermouth, 1/2 part orange juice, 1/4 part of grenadine, and a dash of our favorite orange bitter from DC Embitterment. Mix, garnish it with a slice of orange zest, and you’re done.

If you’re attending a party or having one on your own, El Presidente can become your best friend. You can make one drink, or multiply the proportions and entertain your friends!

While easy to make, it’s also tasteful and matches the holiday. We prefer using natural orange juice and we’d recommend you to do so as well. Sweetened and other juices have a big impact on the flavor, and natural almost always tastes better.

El Presidente also has a pretty nice presentation. If you serve it in a cold cocktail glass and add a slice of orange zest on the rim it instantly looks great. The presentation can make or break a drink. Plus, who doesn’t like a fancy orange garnish on their cocktail?

Just like that, you’ve got an easy solution to make a holiday drink for yourself and others.

We are going to tell you a secret. There’s something that goes really good with the Presidents’ Day cocktail as well; a chocolate bar. There are conventional chocolate bars, and then there are Chocotenango bars. You could go for the first one, but you’d be missing out on a taste that can only be handcrafted. Chocolate doesn’t taste the same after trying the Caribbean cocoa in Chocotenango bars. Did we say it’s made in DC? In addition we did a collaboration with Modern Bar Cart and DC Embitterment, and you can get two of their bitters and two of our chocolates for pairing your cocktail experience.


At the end of the day, the thing that matters most is that you enjoy the celebration. You’re more likely to enjoy it if you have some El Presidente cocktails and Chocotenango bars, though.


Enjoy Presidents’ Day!


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