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Calvados Fruit Cup (Difford's Cup No.13) image

Calvados Fruit Cup (Difford's Cup No.13)

The crisp dry apple freshness that calvados brings to this fruity long drink makes it one of the best base spirits in a fruit cup.

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Marigny

Spirituous, sour, balanced and delicious with herbal notes, two brandies, and citrus freshness.

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Warday's Cocktail

Apple brandy with complex botanical influences from both gin and Chartreuse mellowed by botanically enriched fortified wine. If you like spirit-forward

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General Harrison's Nogg

A whole raw egg contributes body to this filling, flavoursome, wintry, delicate cocktail. The retained CO2 fizz of the cider adds essential body and balancing

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The StiG

Whiter than white (actually white wine golden) yet mysterious. As for the taste, white wine acidity balances rich elderflower with spirituous lacing from

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Journey of Brothers

Dry and lightly fruity with herbal minerality, this is a superbly refreshing and complex long drink.

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French 75 (Difford's recipe)

I've Colin Field to thank for my French 75 epiphany. One evening in early June 2017 I was sat at his bar (Bar Hemingway) and he showed me the vintage 75ml

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Feather Duster Crusta

In Gregor's own words, based on the father of the Sidecar, the granddad of the Margarita, Laydeez an' Gennulmen! The Brandy Crusta.

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Fallen Leaves

Suitably autumnal in colour. Two vermouths and two brandies presented in harmony.

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Lazy Man Flip

Indulgent creamy mouthfeel but not too sweet, with a great balance between the port and the calvados.

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Orchard Crush

Apple brandy and damson jam combine brilliantly in this tangy but not at all sweet cocktail.

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75 Cocktail (MacElhone's 1926 recipe)

Like the gun this cocktail is named after, this small cocktail packs a hell of a punch, and to ensure it does, MacElhone calls for a couple of dashes of

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Apple Cart

A splash of apple liqueur helps balance this otherwise overly sour calvados-based Sidecar.

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Big Apple Sour Martini

A delicious and beautifully balanced apple sour, all the better when made with freshly pressed Granny Smith apple juice.

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Royal Smile

This balanced sweet and sour cocktail could put a smile on anyone's face. Unless that is, one is not amused! Calvados notes shine through.

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Widow's Kiss

Herbal with hints of apple, mint and eucalyptus. This classic is also often made with green Chartreuse, but we prefer, as per classic recipes, with half

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Jack Rose Cocktail

In his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Embury says, a Jack Rose is nothing but a Pink Apple Car, and when made with just calvados, lemon juice

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Jack Collins

Apple brandy makes a great base spirit in this refreshing classic.

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Apple Brandy Sour

Sour by name - balanced sweet and sour apple by nature.

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Pan American Clipper

Essentially a Jack Rose with a couple of dashes of absinthe. (If making this with bonded strength applejack in place of calvados then knockback to 50ml.)

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Angel Face

Rich apricot and apple with a backbone of botanical gin. Balanced rather than dry or sweet. This drink looks better when stirred but the Harry Craddock's

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Ante

Medium-dry, spiritous aromatised apple with delicate grape/berry fruit and faint orange.

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Apple Blossom Cocktail

Concentrated lightly herbal apple with subtle zesty citrus. Quick to make and stupidly simple yet delicious.

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Long Flight of Stairs

A seriously tasty, strong, long drink. The name is a reversal of the London rhyming slang 'apples and pears' (stairs).

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