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Mix Up One of America’s Most Popular Prohibition Cocktails

Mix Up One of America’s Most Popular Prohibition Cocktails

We’ve discussed our curiosity in Cuban cuisine and cocktails previously, and obviously we’re not alone. Today we revisit our obsession with Cuban food and drink with a Mississippi twist on one of America’s most popular Prohibition-era cocktails – featuring Mississippi’s only rum distillery’s newest release, Charboneau Gold Rum.

Our resident cocktail expert, Mitchell Earrey from Livingston Cellars tells us, “Created around 1919, this cocktail pays respect to Mario García Menocal, the president of Cuba from 1913 to 1921.

He continues, “It was one of the most popular cocktails in America during the latter Prohibition years.”

Mitchell tells us that grenadine can be purchased in grocery stores, package stores, or party supply stores. Mass-produced grenadines are often nothing more than high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, and artificial flavors. Quality grenadines, like the Jack Rudy he prescribes in this recipe are available for the discriminating shopper.

Cheers to America’s obsession with Cuban cocktails!


Cocktail Name: “El Presidente”


  • 1.5 oz. Charboneau Gold Rum
  • .75 oz. dry vermouth
  • .25 oz. orange curacao
  • .5 tsp Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine


  • Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until chilled well.
  • Strain into chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon peel, and enjoy!

LivingstonCellars-logo>> Thanks to our resident cocktail expert, Mitchell Earrey at Livingston Cellars, for sharing this recipe. All of the ingredients needed can be purchased at Livingston Cellars in the town of Livingston.