3 Ingredient Cocktails

3-ingredient Calvados cocktails

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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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Apple Cart

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

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Dry, spiced wine impregnated with apple - pretty damn good.

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Calvados Cocktail

Apple is somewhat dominated by orange but a pleasing dry, zesty, fruity combo nonetheless.

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Cider Apple Cooler

Not so far away from the taste of strong dry cider.

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Fruity yet tart. Apple brandy and grapefruit with the distinctive twang of Swedish Punch.

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Empire Cocktail

Apricot fortified by gin and apple brandy. Craddock's 1930 recipe calls for this cocktail to be shaken rather than stirred, indeed it's a cocktail that

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Smooth 'n' easy pineapple laced with apple brandy. If you like this, then you may also like French Martinis

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Jack Maples

Maple syrup smooths apple brandy, even as it enhances its character.

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Due to the use of Calvados and honeyed Scotch herbal liqueur, for a brief moment of madness, this riff on a Rusty Nail was going to be called 'French Nail

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Oceans 21

Apple, cranberry and orange harmoniously presented.

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Princess Mary's Pride

Apple brandy to the fore, followed by aromatised wine.

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Princess Pride

Vic's improved version of the Princess Mary's Pride cocktail.

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Saison Highball

Brewed and distilled apple combine in this long dry (depending on your cider), very lightly carbonated highball.

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The Star

Like many old classics, this drink needs dilution so stir until you're bored and thirsty.

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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 Yellow

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The flavour of Chartreuse shines through in this slightly sweet, spirituous cocktail. Historically served straight-up but we prefer on-the-rocks in an

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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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Calvados & Tonic

Crisp dry apple with delicate quinine tonic bitterness.

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Harvest Cocktail

Boozy with notes of spiced apple brandy. A great after-dinner sipper.

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Orchard Keeper

Apple brandy delicately sweetened and flavoured with honey and aromatised by vermouth.

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Pomme et Sureau

Light, long and refreshing apple and elderflower.

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Bittersweet and complex with apple brandy, zesty citrus and faint rose.

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A. J.

Amazingly simple and beautifully balanced.

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Twelve Miles Out Cocktail

Stir or shake (as originally stipulated in The Savoy Cocktail Book) this cocktail is still boozy. However, it's also wonderfully aromatic with all three

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Mulled Apple Black

Fruity rich and warming with apple (calvados) and blackberry.

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Balanced apple and spice.

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A spirituous Martini-style cocktail. Be sure to stir well as dilution is key.

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Apple Sunrise

A pleasing blend of fruits with the apple punch of Calvados.

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Corpse Reviver No.1 (Savoy recipe)

Dry and potent. A 'pick-me-up' hangover cure - or possibly put-you-right-back-down-again!

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Barton Special Cocktail

Dry and hardcore - gin, apple brandy and Scotch, tamed only by a little dilution and being chilled.

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Yale Fence

The combination of apple brandy, gin and vermouth produce a delicious spirit-forward cocktail with unexpected delicious creamy vanilla notes.