During Prohibition, Americans escaped their dry confines to vacation in Cuba, where they were free to sip rum and cocktails. The Cubans weren’t too fond of their northern neighbor’s mixed drinks, though, until the El Presidente cocktail came along. Some say that American bartender Eddie Woelke invented the drink at Havana’s Jockey Club, where it was beloved by locals and tourists alike. What we do know for sure is the cocktail gained massive stateside popularity at El Chico in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. A simple mix of white rum, dry vermouth, orange curaçao and just a dash of grenadine, it’s a classic that deserves another turn in the spotlight.
Sometimes you just want to drink something blue. In those times, opt not for a Blue Raspberry Slurpee, but instead for this twist on a classic Martini made with vodka, blue curaçao and lightly bitter Cocchi Americano in place of the usual dry vermouth. A few dashes of orange bitters round everything out, bringing out the curaçao’s sweet, citrus...