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True Originals – El Presidente

Your Tuesday cocktail inspiration comes courtesy of True Originals.  Check out this clip of David Cordoba making one of our favorite classic cocktails, El Presidente.


True Originals is on fire!  This once blatant commercial site for Bacardi has transformed into a membership space for bartenders to compare notes, talk shop and even boast about their most recently perfected concoctions.  The videos are always top notch and focused on rum drinks, mixology and cocktail culture, all presented by some of the most respected bartenders in the industry.

In this clip you’ll see Edinburgh-based master mixologist David Cordoba making a classic Cuban cocktail, the El Presidente.  David is well known for perfect cocktails crafted with flair and enthusiasm.  If you ever find yourself in Scotland, track him down and enjoy the show.

Here’s his brief description of the origin of the El Presidente.

A strange affair split between two stories and styles. The first is accredited to Cuban President Mario Garcia Menocal who at some point during his term of office (1913 – 1921) asked Constante Ribalaigua, the bartender at the La Floridita Bar, to create something that would rival the American Manhattan cocktail. He then modestly named the drink after himself. It is sometimes known as a ‘dulce’ or sweet version and became the number one cocktail on the Havana social scene.

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