Calvados Based Cocktails

By on July 29, 2017 in Calvados, Drinking with 0 Comments

calvadosAs we’ve developed this website, as a go to resource for drink mixing.  We find plenty of different spirits that we try, one of them is Calvados.  Calvados (French pronunciation: ​[]) is an apple brandy originally from the Normandy region in France.

Apple orchards and brewers are mentioned as far back as the 8th century by Charlemagne.  Calvados is distilled from cider made from specially grown and selected apples, from over 200 named varieties. It is not uncommon for a calvados producer to use over 100 specific varieties of apples.

The fruit is harvested and pressed into a juice that is fermented into a dry cider. It is then distilled into eau de vie. After two years of aging in oak casks, it can be sold as calvados. The longer it is aged, the smoother the drink becomes. Usually, the maturation goes on for several years.

A strong smell of apples comes from spirits that are distilled from cider, which makes it quite difficult to use in cocktails. The American variety is known as Applejack or apple brandy and it is quite rough in complexity and lacks the subtlety of finer brandies. The Swiss make a clear liquid that is called Pomme which resembles fruit brandy. There are many other countries that produce cider-based brandies and some sweeten them.

However the best known and most likely the finest is Calvados. It is aged in wooden casks for many years to give the golden brown colour and roundness to the flavour. A quality Calvados presents a subtle scent of apple to its nose. As it ages it will lose its freshness however it will gain in aroma and flavour.

Because the strong apple scent is predominate, Calvados and other apple brandies don’t blend well with many other spirits. Lemon is one flavour that blends well with Calvados as too does orange juice.

The best way to enjoy Calvados is the old fashioned traditional method is in a brandy snifter at the end of a meal.

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