|1 2/3 fl oz||Avallen Calvados|
|2/3 fl oz||Dubonnet Red|
|1/3 fl oz||Triple sec liqueur (40%)|
|1 dash||Angostura Aromatic Bitters|
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above.
Medium-dry, spiritous aromatised apple with delicate grape/berry fruit and faint orange.
The Ante notably features in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book with the following recipe:
"1 Dash Angostura Bitters
½ Calvados or apple brandy
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass."
The Savoy recipe calls for Hercules, a sadly long since defunct product that vintage newspaper advertisements for the brand describe as being a "Maté-Wine Apéritif" with an "alcohol strength over 25°."
Our recipe (updated August 2020) reflects one we found back in 2006 on DrinkBoy.com which substitutes Dubonnet Red for Hercules.