Calvados. Now there’s a drink indicative of fall. The French apple brandy is always a fine drink on its own, but come fall, its apple backbone works nicely in a variety of seasonal cocktails. Here we’ve enlisted a couple bottles from the Spirit France portfolio–Calvados Boulard Grand Solage and Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.–that do especially autumnal things when paired with ingredients like pumpkin, ginger and cloves.
Apple Fashioned (Fabien Maillard, Le Lab, Montreal)
2 oz Calvados Boulard Grand Solage
1 barspoon sugar
1 dash orange bitters
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 an apple fan.
Grande Pumpkin Spiced Smash (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 bitters
Place all ingredients in a shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour into a double old fashioned glass on the rocks.
Magloire’s Ginger (Antti Kuitunen, the Shaker, Finland)
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.