Ragged Company Cocktail Recipe

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Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ragged Company cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the camaraderie and resilience of friends who have weathered life's storms together. This drink is perfect for those who appreciate a well-balanced, complex cocktail with a hint of mystery. It is especially popular among adventurous drinkers and those who enjoy sharing stories of their own ragged companies.

  • Origin: Modern mixology
  • Inspiration: Friendship and resilience
  • Target audience: Adventurous drinkers and storytellers

How Ragged Company Tastes?

The Ragged Company cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors, with a touch of smokiness. The drink is both refreshing and invigorating, with a smooth, velvety texture and a lingering, complex finish.

Interesting facts about Ragged Company

  • The name 'Ragged Company' is a nod to the idea that even in our most difficult times, we can find strength and solace in the company of friends.
  • The cocktail's unique combination of flavors is designed to evoke a sense of adventure and exploration, much like the stories shared among friends.
  • The Ragged Company cocktail is often served at gatherings where storytelling and bonding are the main focus.



The soul of our cocktail, 2oz of bourbon brings a robust base with vanilla and caramel notes. Too little and you'll lose its warm embrace; too much, and it'll overpower the subtler flavors.

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This 0.5oz of sweet Italian liqueur whispers of almonds and apricots, and acts as a gentle counterpoint to bourbon's strength. Skip it, and you'll miss out on sweet whispers among the stronger forces at play.

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Lemon Juice

0.75oz of this citrus juice cuts through the sweetness, adding balanced sharpness. Less would make it cloying; more might turn it sour. It's all about that citrusy edge!

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Simple Syrup

In 0.5oz lies the silent peacemaker, softening the lemon's tartness without stealing the show. Remove it, and the balance tips, fading into a tart tanginess.

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Egg White

This frothy crown in liquid form is all about texture - it adds creaminess and holds the beautiful bitters' design. Omit it, and you lose that silky mouthfeel and visual flair.

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Angostura Bitters

Two dashes are like adding a pinch of magic spice, providing depth and complexity. These dashes are your flavor artist, painting aromas and spice over the mellow foam.

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Orange Peel

In this aromatic garnish, we find the finishing touch. A little zesty expression lifts the drink with a delicate citrus oil mist. No peel means no final flourish.

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Maraschino Cherry

It's your cocktail's jewelry - a luxurious garnish providing a hint of sweet fruitiness and an invitation to the eyes. After all, we drink first with our gaze!

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Recipe. How to make Ragged Company Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 2oz bourbon
    • 0.5oz amaretto
    • 0.75oz lemon juice
    • 0.5oz simple syrup
    • 1 egg white
  2. Perform a dry shake (without ice) for 10-15 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for another 15-20 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters on top of the foam.
  6. Express an orange peel over the drink and discard.
  7. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, placing it gently on the foam near the edge of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Dry shake: This is crucial for a smooth, velvety texture. Don't skip this step.
  • Orange peel: Expressing the orange peel over the drink adds a subtle citrus aroma that enhances the overall experience.
  • Garnish: Place the cherry gently on the foam near the edge of the glass. It's not just for looks - it adds a hint of sweetness to the final sip.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters with aged cheddar or gouda partner brilliantly with the bourbon's caramel notes.
  • Smoked salmon on crusty bread or blinis complements the citrusy zing from the lemon juice.

Main Courses

  • Grilled steak or barbecued ribs will harmonize with the smoky sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Roast duck with an orange glaze can echo the orange peel's aromatic zest.


  • Almond biscotti or amaretti cookies pick up the almond nuances from the amaretto.
  • Lemon tart plays nicely with the lemon's acidity and the sweetness of the simple syrup.

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What you could change in Ragged Company

  • Bourbon: Can be replaced with another type of whiskey, like rye or Scotch, for a different flavor profile.
  • Amaretto: If you don't have amaretto, you can use a different nut-flavored liqueur, like Frangelico.
  • Egg white: If you're vegan or allergic to eggs, you can use aquafaba (chickpea water) as a substitute.

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Smoky Company

Replace bourbon with a peaty Scotch whisky for a smoky twist. This cocktail will leave you pondering over a bonfire's memories with its intensified smoky profile.

Nutty Company

Swap out amaretto for Frangelico to add a hazelnut twist. This version is like putting on your favorite sweater: comforting, warm, and familiar with a hint of nuttiness.

Spiced Company

Infuse the simple syrup with cinnamon and star anise, adding a spice rack kick to the cocktail. Each sip sails across a spice bazaar, leaving a trail of exotic whispers behind.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ragged Company

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ragged Company

What is the ideal setting to enjoy a Ragged Company cocktail?

This cocktail is perfect for intimate gatherings, cozy bars, or lounges - basically anywhere relaxed and quiet enough to encourage storytelling and bonding.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Ragged Company cocktail?

Though there isn't a direct non-alcoholic substitution, you could mix lemon juice, simple syrup, and a splash of non-alcoholic amaretto syrup to get a similar (though non-alcoholic) taste profile.

What's the best season to enjoy the Ragged Company cocktail?

While it's definitely enjoyable all-year round, the warming bourbon and amaretto make it a particularly good choice for fall or winter.

How strong is the Ragged Company cocktail?

The strength of the cocktail can vary depending on the potency of the bourbon used. That said, with its 2 oz of bourbon, this is not a weak cocktail.

Are there any popular variations of the Ragged Company cocktail?

The Ragged Company is a relatively modern creation, so it hasn't had much time to develop many traditional variations. However, there is flexibility with the type of whiskey and the nut-flavored liqueur you use, so feel free to experiment!

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