The Flower of Normandy Cocktail
This recipe is incredible for a number of reasons. First, it uses Calvados and St. Germain: two truly unique and awesome spirits from France. Second, it’s both fruity and floral, without being overwhelming or in-your-face about it. Third, it’s stupidly simple to make (only three ingredients!). And fourth, it’s versatile and can be served pretty much any time of year without raising any eyebrows (unlike, say, eggnog in July).
To give you a little taste overview, the honeyed and incredibly fragrant St. Germain tones down the slight alcoholic bite of Calvados, which may sound like a fruity little liqueur but is truly an 80-proof spirit. The orange bitters accentuate the floral and bright quality of both the apple-based spirit and the elderflower liqueur, and the orange peel garnish, if squeezed to activate the essential oils, makes drinking this beauty a true olfactory treat.
To read a post that goes in-depth about the cost-effective nature of this drink and makes a pretty interesting pitch for more at-home cocktail-making, check out our Drinkonomics 101 post.
- 2oz Calvados
- ½ oz St. Germain
- 3 dashes Embitterment Orange Bitters
- Fresh orange peel (for garnish)
- Combine Calvados, St. Germaine, and Bitters in a mixing pint with ice.
- Stir until chilled (20-30 seconds), then strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.