Cocktail Recipe: The Ridge

When we aren’t drinking cider, we like to experiment with cocktails. Typically we stick to variations on a proven classic that we can make with ingredients always on hand: the Old Fashioned. And while this meets our needs most of the time, at times we want something a little more sophisticated. We are awful fancy, you know…

The Avenue caught our eye when we were looking through a classic cocktail book, mostly because it has Calvados--an apple brandy. The Ridge, named after both our neighborhood and the hill you see in the distance of many of our pictures, is our take on a cocktail developed about 8 decades ago. It’s a bit sweeter and a little more fruity than the original. Can’t find guava juice or orange flower water? Look for a local Indian or Middle Eastern market, respectively.

1 oz. bourbon*

1 oz. Calvados

1 oz. guava juice

½ oz. grenadine

¼ oz. orange flower water

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, with ice. Shake. Strain into a coupe glass, if you have one.

* Our house bourbon is Weller Special Reserve, which can be hard to find. Mike picks up 3 bottles in October when it drops, and at $20 a bottle you’ll be hard pressed to find a better all-purpose bourbon. If you can’t find Weller Special Reserve, use your favorite bourbon.