Tasty, tasty cocktail creations

My friend whipped up some champagne cocktails on New Year’s Eve using Calvados, a French apple brandy (as well as a sugar cube, some bitters, some simple syrup, and some triple sec. and champagne). I enjoyed my glass so much that I started googling other cocktails I could make using Calvados. Easily the most delicious so far has been the Calvados sour, my version of which I reproduce below. If you happen to have some Calvados and you enjoy sweet and tart flavors together in a smooth and elegant way (my standby cocktail, for example, is vodka and grapefruit juice with a dash of lemon), I recommend trying this tout de suite. It’s very easy to make, if you have the ingredients.

2 oz. Calvados
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice, or lemon and lime juice)
2 dashes orange bitters

Shake vigorously in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, and strain into a martini glass. And then come back to this thread and tell me one of your favorite under-the-radar cocktail recipes. :slight_smile:

For a few recipes, scan through this thread starting at about post 20.

It probably wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste, but I created this a few years ago.

6 oz. root beer
2 oz. jagermeister
Splash of cream

Add each ingredient in the order listed to a highball glass. I call it a wetterstein.

I just found out (via Hobson’s Choice, really) on NYE that Bacardi coconut rum mixed with V-8 Splash Tropical flavor is freaking delicious. All that Vitamin A and C seemed to head off the hangover, too. Coconut rum and pineapple juice is very good, too–all the flavor of a pina colada without the heavy stickiness factor.

We had a signature drink at my son’s bar Mitzvah reception that I borrowed from a local restaurant we love-

Passion fruit juice

There might have been grapefruit juice as well, but I am blanking-

in a Martini glass with a sugar rim. Yum.

Mmm, Calvados. I know my tastes are oddly calibrated, but the best way to enjoy a good pays de Liege is with nothing but glass.


Passion Fruit Juice
Martini glass w/ sugar rim

I knew I was missing an ingredient!

The bottle I’ve got isn’t particularly good stuff. :slight_smile:

So use it to clean out your car after you drive to the liquor store and buy something worth drinking. :slight_smile:

After tasting St George Spirits’ absinthe (but being unsure of what to do with absinthe, in practical terms), my brother was telling me that is goes really well with champagne. Didn’t get a chance to try it, but I’d like to.

This might be a good start if you have a spirit in mind.