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Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

Technically, the Pancho Villa takes its name not from the famous Mexican revolutionary, but from a Filipino Boxer who adopted the nickname. The fighter (real name Francisco Guilledo) is considered a national hero in the Phillipines. For more information, visit the Wikipedia article.

This drink benefits from being very cold, so I would recommend using the technique described in Cocktail Chill – A Scientific Experiment.

Pancho Villa

  • 1oz gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1oz gin
  • 1oz apricot brandy
  • 1tsp cherry brandy
  • 1tsp pineapple juice

Stir with crushed ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

From: The Gentleman’s Companion Volume II: The Exotic Drinking Book, Charles H. Baker Jr.


The aroma of apricot and rum is met with a sweet blast as you sip. The ingredients combine in a way that results in a new flavor, having hints of each of the ingredients, but coming together as something new and interesting. You’re left with a dry finish, mostly coming from a combination of the gin and pineapple juice. There is a version of this cocktail in the Cocktail Database, but I find it a bit too sweet for an already sweet cocktail.


My guess is that everyone will not like this cocktail; it is a tad strange, but I think you may come to appreciate how uncommonness of such a conglomeration of ingredients. Let me know what you think of it.

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  1. [...] his non-mangerial hat, Jon calls himself a Spirit Sommelier. As if to demonstrate, he offered me a Pancho Villa. Like a great wine sommelier, he made a production of preparing the drink, flaming orange peel and [...]

  2. Banksy ArtNo Gravatar says:

    This has a mix of ingredients that i haven’t seen together before but it looks interesting, and i love rum, so i will definitely try this one out.

    Will let you know my thoughts after the taste test!


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