This was the third cocktail I mixed up from David Wondrich’s Esquire Drinks, and I knew immediately that his book would become prized in my collection. If you have not already purchased it based on my previous recommendation, just go do it. That shelf / grand library where you keep all of your cocktail books will begin to shine like a thousand stars.
Wondrich describes the Presidente Vincent, a variant on the El Presidente, as “one of the best warm-weather drinks going.” This is a fact that I will not dispute. Yet, every once in a while you find that one drink or dish that defies its natural season and keeps nudging you to make another no matter how heavy the snow falls. For me, the Presidente Vincent is that drink.
- 2oz Barbancourt rum (or rhum from Martinique or gold Puerto Rican rum)
- 1oz dry vermouth
- 1oz lime juice
- 2tsp simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.
Esquire Drinks, David Wondrich
The crystal snow around the rim pleases the tongue at every sip. It provides just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the lime juice while the dry vermouth is playing a friendly game of cards with the Barbancourt. Before any of this, though, your nose is met with an earthy sugarcane aroma – it warms my soul just thinking about it.
Is Martinique Rhum a Good Substitute?
Yes! Though you get much more of an intense rum flavor. The Barbancourt is like a dainty cognac compared to the St. James that I used. Give it a try if you have some lying around – though go for some of the more aged stuff if have it.
A New Photo Setup?
Since winter has finally graced the Eastern US, the sun has been dim and the winds fierce. These are not good attributes of a good photo shoot outside. I’ve been wanting to make a lightbox for some time so that I could more easily shoot inside throughout the year. The above picture was my first attempt at using the setup. All of our house lights are built into the ceiling, so I had to pull a florescent shop light off of my seed starting rig. I think I’ll pick up an incandescent light today so that I can get things a little brighter.