When a bottle of Calvados lands on your doorstep, it must not be ignored. Especially when it arrives during prime apple season (aka fall season). So, what should you do with said bottle of Calvados? After a brief tasting to determine that it’s super tasty, put it to good use in this spiced calvados sour. And after that, perhaps try a rye calvados cocktail.
It actually took me quite a bit of thinking to create this drink. I really wanted to do something with mezcal and calvados, but my mind was running wild with too many ingredients to use. So, I took a step back, did some research and found an idea. With some modifications, my version of a spiced calvados sour came together.
To really get the fresh apple flavor in this drink, I used a Calvados V.S.O.P. instead of the XO that I have. The spice portion comes from Geijer Glogg Liqueur. It brings notes of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to the party that are wonderful paired with apple. For the sweetener, I went with maple syrup instead of simple. Figured it would help the drink be more “fall” like.
- 1 egg white
- 1-1/2 ounces Calvados V.S.O.P. (I used Boulard Calvados Pays d' Auge V.S.O.P.)
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ ounce Geijer Glogg
- ½ ounce maple syrup
- Star anise pod for garnish
- Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker and dry shake.
- Open shaker, fill with ice and shake again.
- Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a star anise pod.
And because the theme of this month’s Mixology Monday is apples, I’m including this drink in the lineup. Thanks Cocktail Virgin for hosting!
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Note: I received a bottle of Calvados to enjoy. All thoughts, opinions, images and recipe are my own.