Spiced Calvados Sour

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.

Spiced Calvados Sour

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.

Spiced Calvados Sour Cocktail

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.

spiced calvados sour cocktail recipe

Spiced Calvados Sour
Serves: 1
  • 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
  1. Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker and dry shake.
  2. Open shaker, fill with ice and shake again.
  3. 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.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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  • Maya @ Treats and Eats December 9, 2014, 5:55 am

    I have a bottle of Calvados I need to use more often, this sounds like a delicious way to go!


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