El Patron Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:~20%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


El Patron is a cocktail that embodies the boldness of its namesake, 'The Boss'. It's a drink that has made its way into the hearts of those who appreciate a deep, complex flavor profile with a hint of exotic spices. It's particularly favored by connoisseurs of rum and those who enjoy a twist on the classic vermouth cocktail.

  • Originating from the creative minds of modern mixologists, El Patron is a testament to the innovation in the cocktail scene.
  • The cocktail's use of cacao & coffee spiced rum is a nod to the rich history of these flavors in traditional spirits.
  • El Patron is often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink, perfect for sipping and savoring.

How El Patron Tastes?

El Patron offers a symphony of flavors, starting with the warm, earthy undertones of the cacao & coffee spiced rum. The Vermouth di Torino adds a herbal complexity, while the Brown Crème de Cacao provides a velvety sweetness. A pinch of salt enhances the flavors, and the citric acid solution brings a subtle, balancing tartness. It's a robust, yet nuanced drink that leaves a lasting impression.

Interesting facts about El Patron

  • El Patron is not a traditional cocktail but a modern creation that reflects contemporary tastes.
  • The cocktail's name, 'El Patron', suggests a commanding presence, much like a boss or leader, which is mirrored in its strong flavor profile.
  • The addition of salt is a sophisticated touch that is not commonly found in classic cocktail recipes, but it works to elevate the overall taste experience.


Cacao & Coffee Spiced Rum

Used as a base spirit, it gives a warm and exotic backbone to the drink. The cacao brings a deep chocolate flavor, while the coffee adds a roasted bitterness that balances the sweetness. Without it, the drink loses depth and intrigue. You could substitute with a plain spiced rum for a less intense but still flavorful result.

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Vermouth di Torino

This sweet vermouth offers herbal and rich wine notes. It adds complexity and balances the stronger flavors. Too much and it might overpower the drink; too little and you'll miss that herbal depth it's known for. A dry vermouth could be used for a sharper, less sweet contrast.

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Brown Crème de Cacao

This liqueur intensifies the chocolate flavor while adding a touch of sweetness. Skip it, and you'll lose that luxurious chocolate undertone. If you are out, a dash of chocolate syrup and a touch of vanilla extract could save the day, with reduced alcohol content.

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A pinch of salt enhances the other flavors, making the chocolate and coffee notes pop while reducing bitterness. If omitted, expect a flatter flavor profile. There's no real substitute for salt, but be careful not to overdo it, or the drink will taste, well, salty!

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Citric Acid Solution (10%)

This adds a sour component which balances the drink's sweet and savory aspects. Without these drops, the cocktail might taste too rich and flat. Lemon or lime juice can be a natural substitute, though they'll bring additional citrus flavor.

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Recipe. How to make El Patron Drink

To create the 'El Patron' cocktail, follow these steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour 0.75 oz of cacao & coffee spiced rum into the glass.
  3. Add 1.25 oz of Vermouth di Torino.
  4. Measure and pour 0.5 oz of Brown Crème de Cacao.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the mixture.
  6. Add 5 drops of a 10% citric acid solution.
  7. Stir all ingredients together until well-chilled.
  8. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  9. Optionally, garnish with a twist of orange peel or a few coffee beans.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the coffee notes, consider using freshly ground coffee beans as a garnish.
  • Chill the cocktail glass prior to serving to maintain the ideal temperature of the drink.
  • When stirring the cocktail, do so gently to avoid over-dilution, aiming for a smooth texture.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Plate

Pair this complex cocktail with a selection of aged cheeses like Gouda or Manchego, which will complement the rich cacao and coffee notes in the rum.


Indulge in a slice of tiramisu or chocolate mousse. The creamy sweetness balances the bitterness of the coffee and the acidity of the citrus.

Savory Snacks

Try it with spiced nuts or chorizo tapas to contrast the sweet and spicy tones in the cocktail.

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What you could change in El Patron

  • If Cacao & Coffee Spiced Rum is unavailable, a good quality spiced rum can be used as a substitute, with a dash of coffee and chocolate bitters to mimic the flavor.
  • For Vermouth di Torino, another sweet vermouth can be used, though it may alter the flavor slightly.
  • In place of Brown Crème de Cacao, a dark chocolate liqueur can provide a similar taste profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

El Monarca

Use aged rum instead of spiced rum and add a dash of Angostura bitters—this will give the cocktail a more traditional and oaky flavor, reminiscent of an old-fashioned with a chocolatey twist.

The Velvet Dawn

Substitute the coffee spiced rum for a vanilla-infused rum and add a splash of real espresso. This will provide a velvety texture and a caffeine kick, perfect for a brunch cocktail.

Spice Trade Expedition

Add a small slice of hot chili pepper when stirring the mixture and switch the Vermouth di Torino for a dry sherry. This creates a hotter and drier profile, appealing to those who enjoy spicy and bold flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make El Patron

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on El Patron

How can I make my own citric acid solution for cocktails?

To make a 10% citric acid solution, dissolve 10 grams of powdered citric acid in 90 grams (or milliliters) of water. Shake until it is completely dissolved.

What type of ice is best for stirring cocktails?

Use large, dense ice cubes for stirring cocktails as they melt slower and dilute the drink less, ensuring a well-chilled and properly diluted cocktail.

Which glassware is appropriate for the 'El Patron' cocktail?

A chilled cocktail or coupe glass is traditionally used for 'El Patron' to enhance its sophisticated presentation.

Can the 'El Patron' cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, 'El Patron' can be batched by multiplying the ingredient measurements by the number of desired servings. Combine the ingredients in a pitcher or jar, and when it's time to serve, stir over ice, strain, and garnish.

Is the 'El Patron' cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, the 'El Patron' does not contain any animal products and is suitable for vegans, but always check the labels of individual ingredients to ensure they meet vegan standards.

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