Monday, November 12, 2012

"Falling" For Calvados

It's raining today, and it finally feels like Fall.  Let's celebrate with some Calvados: a beautiful, delicious apple brandy from the Normandy region of France.  Below are three Calvados cocktails.  The first is a hearty, spirit-driven cocktail, followed by a couple of zesty, fruit-forward cocktails true to those classic Autumn flavors and aromas.  Cheers!

P.G.
1.5 oz. Calvados
.75 oz. spicy ginger solution*
1 oz. fresh pomegranate juice
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a large, chilled Coupe glass
Top with Brut sparkling wine (approx. 2.5 ounces)
Garnish with mint sprig and several pomegranate seeds

*Spicy Ginger Solution:  3.5 ounces superfine sugar to every 4 ounces of fresh ginger juice; shake well for several minutes to combine/thoroughly mix


Robber Baron
1 oz. VSOP Calvados
.5 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
.5 oz. Benedictine
.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash of Baked Apple Bitters
Stir well with ice, strain into a chilled coupe glass
Grapefruit peel for garnish


St. Liz's Dream
1.5 oz. Calvados
.5 oz. lime juice
.75 oz. fresh pomegranate juice
.75 oz. local honey syrup
1 scant bar spoon of St Liz. Allspice Dram
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a Champagne flute
Top with Brut sparkling wine
Mint Sprig for garnish


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