Red Roosevelt

HOW-TO: Make a Cuban manhattan recipe

Cuban Manhattan Recipe – Have you ever been in the situation where you’re in the mood for something stiff & strong but you simply don’t feel like an Old Fashioned?

Well I gotta say it’s not often that I’ll pass the opportunity to have a bourbon cocktail, but this rum drink might make me hesitate between the two, it’s that nice!

It’s orange-y, and sweet, and dark, and aromatic.

Here’s my twist on a classic rum cocktail called the Cuban Manhattan Recipe. This is my version and I call it the Red Roosevelt. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

This is a very strong cocktail, please be careful with the amounts you get into you.


HOW-TO: Make a Red Roosevelt cocktail

Continents & Condiments
Cuban manhattan recipe : try it and leave your comments below!
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mixology
Servings 1
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 Glass (Preferably a Martini glass or a coupe, but hey, a Mason jar will do!)
  • 1 shaker (Optional when you use a Mason jar)
  • 1 Potato Peeler (Or a very sharp knife)


  • 67 ml Dark Rum (Not spiced)
  • 20 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 15 ml Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 10 ml Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters


  • First things first, with most cocktails, you need to chill your glass. Fill it with ice cubes. Step 1: done.
  • Second step: I like to wash all my citrus – including the orange we're using – with a tiny drop of dish soap before using the zest. Then, use the potato peeler and take a nice long strip of orange zest off the rind. You can do many things with that zest: trim it, make it look good, twist it, or even set it on fire. Personally, I like to leave it alone. I'm not that fancy, I guess. However please make sure that there's as little white pith as possible on your zest strip, as it might give your drink an off, bitter taste.
  • Then, take a bowl and squeeze the juice of half of the orange.
  • Once you have your zest and your juice, take the shaker and fill it with ice.
  • Then, pour the rum, sweet red vermouth and orange juice in the iced shaker. Grab the bottle of bitters and add a dash. You can also add flair, style, or panache, but leave the swagger out. It might taste cheap.
  • Simple syrup should (always) be added to taste. I prefer mine with a little less than ¼ oz, however feel free to add a bit more if you find the result too bitter.
  • Time to shake. Count to 12. Done? Good.
  • Take your glass and throw the ice cubes in the sink. They were only chilling the glass!
  • Now you can pour from your shaker to your glass.
  • Take the orange twist and rub it on the edge of your glass. Then throw it in. Enjoy! And be careful, it's strong!
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