The Avenue Cocktail was first written in the 1937 Royal Cafe Cocktail Book from London, UK. The Author, William Tarling, is credit for having created this fantastic cocktail and many other more famous ones. In fact the first written recipe of the margarita is from the Royal Cafe Cocktail Book. Whether he is the actual creator of the margarita is up for debate but he is recognized as the creator of the Avenue cocktail.
The Avenue is a wonderful cocktail that is both strong and balanced. The gentler mix of both brandy and scotch blend well with the Passion fruit, pomegranate, and orange flavors and create an almost European tropical cocktail. William Tarling was known for his use of lesser know ingredients and the Avenue Cocktail displays that. At 60 mls European spirit and 40 mls of tropical exotic flavors the Avenue has both one foot in Europe and one foot in the exotic. Unfortunately this isn’t something you can just order at any bar. Most bars, even high end ones have probably never made this before and passion fruit juice is not a commonly held ingredient. If you want to order this out you will first need to ask if the bar has passion fruit juice, and if they do, then you will need to also give them the recipe. This will most likely be one you make for yourself and friends at home.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT
The most important ingredient in the Avenue is both the brandy and scotch. This is a very mellow drink and a smoother brandy and scotch balance the drink well. The passion fruit, grenadine, and orange liqueur are not overly powerful in this cocktail and if you use a very strong flavored spirit for the brandy or scotch it tips the scale too much. Though this isn’t a make or break for the drink and if there is a brandy or scotch you really like then by all means use it. That being said, a smoky scotch will ruin this drink. Smoke, tobacco, or peat moss flavors will absolutely not mix with the other flavors.