Usually when we say “brandy,” we mean brandy made from grapes. But brandy can be distilled from all sorts of fruits. Apple brandy (also known as calvados or applejack) is a very flexible and freakin’ delicious spirit. So if you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond the typical vodka, gin, whiskey, or tequila options, go for apple brandy!
Here are some cocktails to try with your new friend, apple brandy:
Calvados Sidecar ~ The Sidecar is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s simple and delicious. Using calvados (or applejack) instead of Cognac is a fun substitution.
La Vita e Bella ~ This creative combination of calvados with sparkling wine and Campari along with a little brown sugar and grenadine is a playful balance between fruity and bitter.
The Normandy ~ Using green apple and brown sugar with a little lemon juice makes for a sophisticated, apple-pie-in-a-glass experience.
Harvest Sour ~ A classic twist on the sour, with rye, applejack, lemon, and an egg white foam looks great but is so easy to make.
Nouveau Sangaree ~ Leave it to PDT to come up with a cocktail that mixes red wine, maple syrup, and applejack for an amazing and unique drink.