This was a fun episode. The cocktail itself had a fairly ordinary background, so we made the most of it by disparaging passion fruit and spotlighting the UK Bartenders’ Guild.
The drink itself appears first (and only) in the Cafe Royal cocktail book which for the first time we discuss as part of the drinks compilation project the UK Bartenders’ Guild took on in the 1930s. This drink is itself remarkable because it’s the only one we’ve seen that features passion fruit juice and the Cafe Royal cocktail book is equally remarkable because it’s the only cocktail recipe book that features passion fruit juice at the time…and it does so 37 times. So we decided to focus on passion fruit since we knew nothing about it.
We also sample some real grenadine and orange flower water.
The Avenue cocktail contains:
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz Calvados
- 1 oz passion fruit
- 1 dash of grenadine
- 1 dash orange flower water
Despite the lack of information on this cocktail, it was delicious. The team generally did enjoy this drink, appreciating a break from gin for this fruit forward beverage with a bourbon base. Nicole also pointed out where one could find the Passion of the Christ in the passion fruit flower.
Transition music: Cephalopod by Kevin MacLeod
Closing Music: Avenue Bar by et