Fall foods are simply some of our favorites each year. Redolent with spice and flavor-from tart, juicy apples, to sweet pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon, figs, apricots, pear and vanilla, there’s something for any palate or preference.
Calvados, a brandy made in France from apples, is a perfect spirit to celebrate fall. Considered the world’s best apple spirits, calvados is often consumed straight or on the rocks-before, during or after dinner. But it is an excellent cocktail mixer, as the nose is sweet and fragrant, with hints of apple and spice. The flavors make it a great base for cocktails, as well as savory and sweet food recipes. Here are a few of our favorite Calvados cocktail recipes.
- 1 1/2 oz Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.
- 1/2 oz pumpkin puree
- 3/4 oz homemade spices (clove, lemon peel, ginger)
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 2 dashes of bitters
Place all ingredients, including pumpkin puree in a shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour into a double old fashioned glass on the rocks.
- 1.5 oz Calvados Pere Magloire Fine V.S.
- 3/4 oz apple juice
- 1/2 oz Monin Elderflower syrup
- 1 spoon fresh lime juice
- 1 oz ginger ale
Fill a long drink glass with ice. Combine Calvados Pere Magloire, Elderflower syrup, lime juice and apple juice. Stir and top with ginger ale. Garnish with apple slices.
- 1oz. of Calvados Boulard Grand Solage
- 1/2oz. of Dolin vermouth rouge
- 1/2oz. of hard cider
- 1/2oz. of spiced simple syrup (ginger, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon)
- 1/2oz. of lemon juice
- .75oz. of hazelnut tea
- 1 dash of white egg
Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Stir 8-10 seconds, strain onto ice in old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices.
- 1 oz of Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.
- 1/3 oz Xante
- 1/2 oz homemade ginger syrup
- 2/3 oz apple juice
- Juice of half a lime
Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lime peel.