Tag Archive: Calvados


Elegant Without Number

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This is the beginning of a big week in the Dave Drinks world.  Today is Dave’s sister’s birthday, then we have my birthday on Wednesday, followed by my “first meeting” anniversary on Friday and culminating with Valentines Day on Saturday.  Is there such a thing as too much celebration?  At least there is the three day weekend at the end of it to help soften the blow.

So as we try tonight’s drink, I can’t help but wondering, what the hell the name of this drink even means… any ideas?  No?  I guess let’s just start the drinking!

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 0.75 ounces calvados
  • 0.5 ounce Grand Marnier
  • Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I’m having a hard time getting behind this one.  The Calvados is the dominant flavor, but the taste is a little off.  I cannot call this a well balanced drink.
  • While there is a hint of sweetness from the Grand Marnier, ultimately this drink is rather dry, and if I am being honest, a little flat.
  • I kept hoping that each sip would help make the taste get better, but unfortunately it just felt like a slog to get through this.  Oh well.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • I don’t think that I would serve this to someone unless they really knew what they were doing.

Bolero

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Keeping with the Bacardi and Calvados theme, here is another cocktail mixing them together.  Apparently there are two drinks called the “Bolero”, this is the first one I’ve tried – perhaps I will follow up with the second soon.

  • 3 ounces Bacardi
  • 1.5 ounces Calvados
  • 1 tsp sweet vermouth

Shake everything over ice and serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • For such a boozy drink, I was surprised how smooth the flavors are.  I was expecting to feel the healthy portion of Bacardi on my throat!
  • There is a hint of apple, but no sweetness to the drink.
  • Not for the faint of heart, but not so strong that you can’t enjoy the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • When you want the power of a martini, a little softness and no sweet.

Liberty Cocktail

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Today reminded me of the disadvantage of living in America.  With all the talk over the 4th of July about liberty and the freedom, it made me think that what I miss the most about immigrating to the United States from England is the oppression by an outdated family who lives in a castle on a hill.  At least they have good blood lines and no hereditary diseases or anything.  Well, I guess everyone doesn’t feel the same way as me, so on this the day that we added another royal, I drink to Liberty!

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 0.75 ounces Bacardi
  • 1 ounce Calvados

Muddle the sugar and lime wedge in the bottom of a rocks glass, fill with ice, add the liquor and stir. Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I was expecting sweeter, even with the sugar this remains quite a stiff drink.
  • The flavor is apple, but apple with a kick.  As the ice melts, the drink mellows nicely.
  • Surprisingly, the lime is undetectable.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • A nice way to consume some apple flavor with the blessings of alcohol.

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There’s a new ingredient in the house – Calvados.  I never knew that it was extra special apple brandy – but now I know.  Apparently the stuff has been around since the time of Charlemagne and was originally a type of cider.  Much like Champagne, Calvados has been given its own “appellation”, and it became official in 1942.  Wow – enough history, how does the stuff taste?  This is the second cocktail I have sampled containing Calvados, and I have to say that the most pleasing part of the drink is the strong fresh apple smell that comes along with it.  I fear in this cocktail, its partners in crime may conspire to mask its delicious flavor.

  • 1.5 ounces Calvados
  • 0.75 ounces gin
  • 0.75 ounces scotch

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass over ice.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This drink has four distinct parts as you sip – it starts with a hint of apple, quickly taken over by the flavor of the scotch, not to outdone the dryness of the gin comes through and the finish comes back it the scotch.  Interesting progression.
  • The fresh apple scent is nowhere to be found… you would be hard pressed to know it was here unless told.
  • You have to like your liquors for this, it is not a sweet or smooth drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • The one thing I’ll give this drinks is good looks!