Although the original ingredients of the Roosevelt were lost to history, this particular recipe was reconstructed to emulate the original, highly celebrated version. The Roosevelt cocktail dates back to the early 1900s in the United States.

After retiring at 50 years old, President Theodore Roosevelt embarked on a journey throughout  British East Africa which was co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. He spent over a year in Kenya, the Congo, Uganda, and Southern Sudan collecting specimens and hunting game to bring back to the United States. Upon his return, he was welcomed back to the States with this ambrosial cocktail.


1.5 oz Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
.75 oz Dry Vermouth
.25 oz Fresh Orange Juice
.5 tsp Simple Syrup
1 Orange Slice Twist


Combine Savannah Spirits Amber Rum, vermouth, fresh orange juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well and stir into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Simple Syrup: Combine 1 C water and 1 C sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat. Let cool and then pour into a mason jar. This stores well in the fridge for a month’s time.

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