The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
El Floridita Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces rum
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/8 ounce grenadine
<1/8 ounce white creme de cacao
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 pomegranate, seeded
Shake with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime twist.
NOTE: Measuring all the ingredients is important with this drink. Specifically, be sure not to use too much creme de cacao, you should just barely taste it.
In a saucepan bring the water to a simmer and then stir in the sugar until it is dissolved.
Turn to a very low simmer and add the pomegranate seeds and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Strain, bottle, and allow to cool.
Add 1 ounce of vodka as a preservative.