Ragged Company

January 13, 2010 (Day 348) — Ragged Company

There are some drinks that, by virtue of their names alone, conjure images. To me, tonight’s drink is one of them. Ragged Company is older drink from the south, featuring that lovely base spirit bourbon. So, naturally, seeing the location and the name I can’t help but to think of young, worn soldiers trudging home during that horrible war that still stains our country.


However, bloodied past or no, the Ragged Company is a cocktail that any bourbon aficionado should add to their repertoire.

Ragged Company

2 oz Bourbon

1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/2 oz Benedictine

2 dashes Bitters

Combine in a Boston shaker filled with ice and stir well (don’t shake or you’ll murky the whole thing up). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

Wooo-hoo! This has a nice little kick to it, which means it’s actually perfect for relaxing around the house. Perhaps in a library filled many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany. Yes, this is totally a drink that Ron Burgundy would sip on whilst lounging about in a velour smoking jacket.

See what I did there? I started with a depressing-ass concept and moved along to something goofy. Because that’s how I like to function, acknowledge depressing shit and then defuse the situation with a picture of Will Ferrel without a shirt on.

You’re welcome.


— Mark

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