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A Better Presidente
Orlando Franklin McCray, Nightmoves | Brooklyn, New York
If Nightmoves’ Orlando Franklin McCray sees a Presidente on a menu, he’ll order it out of curiosity. But more often than not, classic specs for the stirred rum cocktail don’t work well for the modern palate. His version takes a split-base approach, using both a blended rum and fuller-bodied aged rum.
¾ ounce Santa Teresa 1796 rum
¾ ounce Banks 5 rum
1 ounce Noilly Prat Extra Dry vermouth
½ ounce grenadine
1 teaspoon dry Curaçao
3 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: orange twist
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until properly chilled and diluted, then strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Express oils from orange twist over the glass, and discard the twist.
Order Banks 5 and Santa Teresa 1796 for this recipe via Drizly.