El Presidente


  • 1½ ounces rich white rum
  • 1 splash sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao
  • ½ bar spoon homemade grenadine
  • 1 thinly cut orange peel
  • Maraschino cherry, to garnish (optional) 
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice, no sugar added
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 drops orange-flower water


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the pomegranate juice for approximately 5 minutes (or until steam begins to rise from the surface and a few bubbles appear around the perimeter of the pan). Make sure it doesn't boil, and remove it from heat.  
  • Add the sugar and stir for approximately 5 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. The liquid should no longer be cloudy. 
  • Add the lemon juice and orange-flower water. Stir well, and let the syrup cool for approximately 40 minutes or until it reaches room temperature. Transfer to a Mason jar or sealable container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
  • Dip the rim of the cocktail glass into simple syrup and roll it on a plate of sugar to coat. Set aside. 
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the sweet vermouth, rum, and Blue Curaçao. Cover and shake vigorously. 
  • First, pour the grenadine into the bottom of the sugar-rimmed glass, and stack 1 medium-sized ice cube on top. Next, train the contents of the cocktail shaker to create the layering effect between the red and blue. 
  • Twist a thin orange peel over the top to release the fruit's oil, and drop it into the drink or discard it entirely. If desired, garnish with a cherry or American flag, and serve.