Swooping in from Normandy, this brandy isn’t like its Armagnac or Cognac cousins. Whereas its Southern French relations seize many of the highlight, Calvados is about to snatch part of the limelight. “Calvados is likely one of the three iconic brandies of the world, alongside Cognac and Armagnac. But, of the three, it’s in all probability essentially the most misunderstood by People,” notes Daniel Cooney, co-owner of Heavenly Spirits.
Why is it misunderstood? Effectively, a number of causes. Among the many three brandy classes, Calvados is essentially the most completely different. First, it’s from Northern France—Armagnac and Cognac hail from the Southwest. Second, and most essential, Calvados is solely constructed from apples.
To get nittier and grittier, the Calvados appellation has three official areas—Calvados Pays d’Auge, Calvados Domfrontais, and Calvados. Every space has its 500 years of brandy-making historical past, together with restrictions, notably on the quantity of pear within the spirit.
It’s fairly spectacular how the Normands took cider and boozed it up a notch—no shock there, Normandy is famend for its cider. Even Claque-Pepin makes each apple and pear ciders.
Getting all the way down to taste, Calvados lends the roundness and freshness of apples and pears that bartenders adore in cocktails. This spirit’s depth can differ, identical to different brandies, Calvados might be aged.
The flexibility of Calvados is simple. This brandy’s genuine flavors are touchdown on cocktail menus throughout the nation, stirring up the brandy norm. And the extra Calvados beneficial properties momentum, the extra this unimaginable spirit is savored. “There are numerous new and thrilling developments that ought to assist, together with single cask choices, barrel finishes, longer getting older, and even some uncommon classic releases,” Cooney tells us.
As Calvados strikes out of the shadows of its cognac cousins and into the limelight, we’re on monitor to see how this spirit soars.
Try these traditional cocktails made with calvados.
- 2 oz. Claque-Pepin Calvados Hors d’Age
- ½ oz. Guerin Rouge Candy Vermouth
- Sprint of Angostura Bitters
- 1 Bada Bing cherry
Preparation: Mix all components right into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till nicely chilled. Pressure into a relaxing Martini glass. Garnish with cherry.
Recipe courtesy of Cedric Cadin, proprietor of La Cafette in Williamsburg (now closed)
- 1 ¼ oz. Claque-Pepin Calvados Wonderful
- 1 dice of brown sugar
- ¾ oz. recent lime juice
- 1 recent mint department/sprig
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Ginger beer
Preparation: Make the drink straight in a Tumbler glass. First line the underside of the glass with recent mint (department head down), then add Claque-Pepin Calvados Wonderful, lime juice, bitters sugar and ice. Stir gently and high with ginger beer. Garnish with recent mint sprig.