El Floridita Cocktail
By Robert Hess
The "Floridita" Cocktail gets its name from the Floridita bar in Cuba. If you glance through various cocktail books, you will most likely find a variety of different drinks that go by this name, I'm not sure which one should be considered the original version, but this particular one I find to be quite delightful. You'll also learn about how to make homemade Grenadine in the process. (And as to the name of this drink using the masculine "El" instead of the feminine "La"... I've been told that while the establishment takes the feminine name of "Floridita", in Spanish the bar itself is masculine, and thus "El" should be used. At least that's what I've been told.)
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.