Thursday Drink Night was moved this week to Saturday, so last night I spent some time with the fine folks of the Mixoloseum making apple-themed drinks. Calvados, applejack, apfelkorn, apple cider, apple juice, and some other goodies were all in play, but I stuck with calvados for two drinks. I’d say this — of all the recipe creation I’ve done in recent months, these are two of my favorite new drinks I’ve made.
1 1/2 oz Calvados (Calvados Morin Selection)
3/4 oz VSOP Cognac (Courvoisier VSOP)
1/2 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 bar spoon Benedictine
Shake and serve in a cocktail glass.
Rumdood also tried a variation on the Morin Snap that included half an egg white. I haven’t tried it yet, but could see it adding to the drink. That said, I think this cocktail as-is has a lot of punch and depth to it.
1 1/2 oz Old Tom Gin
1 1/2 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
1/2 oz Calvados
1/4 oz Dry vermouth
2 dashes Peychauds bitters
Shake and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed lemon peel.
I’ve been on a Martinez kick lately and this is a nice variation of it. The calvados and dry vermouth add fairly subtle undertones to the quite strong old tom gin and heavy dose of sweet vermouth. I’ll most definitely be adding this to my regular rotation of cocktails.