General Alexandre Pétion was the first president of Haiti, and elected to give up his title of Emperor to presidency for life for the good of his country.  Recently the history of Haiti took an ironic path when the president was assassinated in his home in an attempted coupe d’etat (power takeover by force).  While the acting president is recognized, it is still a tragedy in a long history of political power struggles in Haiti.

This cocktail, created in the late 1940s after WWII in many tourist bars appears in Jeff Beachbum Berry’s book, Potions of the Caribbean.  While I am a fan of Benedictine, this cocktail is not my favorite, but I felt compelled to make one and taste it in sight of the basic current events of Haiti.


  • 3/4 lime juice
  • 3/4 Barbancourt 8yr rum
  • 3/4 Benedictine
  • 3/4 cachça (or clarin, a similar unaged spirit made from sugar cane at high proof)
  • 1/2 simple syrup

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice, double strain into a cocktail glass with lime rind garnish.