As you can tell, the fall season has reached its peak: boots, scarves, and light jackets abound; the air is crisp, clean and fresh — much like a great cocktail. When it comes to what’s in your glass, nothing captures the season better than Calvados, the authentic French apple brandy native to Normandy. Spirit France boasts two of the most famous Calvados brands in the world: Boulard and Père Magloire. Both feature an impressive range of delicious Calvados that provide the perfect base for fall cocktails, complementing all your favorite seasonal flavors: apple, pumpkin ginger, vanilla and clove.
These three delicious cocktails featuring the gems of Spirit France truly embody autumn, in a glass:
Grande Pumpkin Spiced Smash by Joshua Perlman, Avec Restaurant, Chicago
1 1/2 oz Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.
1/2 oz pumpkin puree
3/4 oz homemade spices (clove, lemon peel, other)
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of bitter
Place all ingredients, including pumpkin puree in a shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour into a double old fashioned glass on the rocks.
Magloire’s Ginger by Antti Kuitunen, the Shaker, Finland
1 oz of Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.
1/3 oz of Xante
1/2 oz of homemade ginger syrup
2/3 oz of apple juice
Juice of half a lime
Pour all ingredients into Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cinnamon and peel of lime.
Apple Fashioned by Fabien Maillard, Le Lab, Montreal
2 oz Calvados Boulard Grand Solage
1 barspoon sugar
1 dash orange bitter
1 dash old fashioned bitters
In an old fashioned glass, pour the sugar and add bitters and ice. Mix for 20 seconds, add the Calvados and stir again for 15 seconds. Garnish with a slice of apple.