Old Friend

Difford's Guide
User Rating (138 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Grapefruit zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
3/4 fl oz Pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Italian red bitter liqueur
1/3 fl oz Fiorente Elderflower liqueur
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Review:

Tart, dry and lightly bitter, but with just enough underlying sweetness to stroke the palate and make another sip so very desirable – a complex, bittersweet taste sensation. Brilliant as an aperitif on a hot summer's evening.

Jim's original recipe calls for 7.5ml (¼oz) elderflower liqueur but in October 2020, due to popular demand (see comments below), I amended the above recipe to have twice the volume of elderflower liqueur. Then, in June 2022, also in the pursuit of balance and pleasing the tastes of as many as possible, I nudged this back to 10ml (1/3oz). Given variations in citrus, I believe this is my final amendment.

Variant:

Ruby

History:

Adapted from a recipe created by Jim Meehan in 2012 for the cocktail menu at Chef's Club in Aspen, Colorado.

Nutrition:

One serving of Old Friend contains 131 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 21.88% alc./vol. (43.76° proof)
  • 20.2 grams of pure alcohol
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