Cooler weather and darker evenings call for a warming and spicy cocktail to usher in the new season. This calvados and ginger fizz brings two favorite fall flavors into one glass. Sweet, tart apple and spicy, warming ginger marry perfectly, coming together in this well-balanced and super fresh tasting drink. It’s the perfect way to use up a dearth of apples after a trip to the orchard or farmer’s market. While the autumn leaves around the glasses are definitely optional, they certainly drive the seasonal feeling home, and make the cocktails feel extra special.
First, make the Ginger Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup dark honey
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 orange, zested
- In a small saucepan, combine the water and the honey and bring up to a boil. Stir until the honey dissolves into the water, then remove from the heat.
- Add the ginger, vanilla, and orange zest, and let this mixture steep for at least 15 minutes, 30 if you have the time.
- Strain the mixture and transfer to a glass jar. This will keep in the fridge for a week or so.
Next, build your cocktails:
Ingredients: (Makes 2 cocktails, easily doubled)
- 1 tart apple, skin on, thinly sliced horizontally (I like gala, pink lady, or honey crisp apples, but use whatever you like)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (add more or less depending on how tart you want your cocktail)
- 4 tablespoons ginger simple syrup
- 3/4 cup Calvados
- 1 can ginger ale
- ice cubes for shaking
- In a cocktail shaker, add your apple slices, saving 2 slices for garnishes.
- Add the maple syrup and lemon juice, and muddle the mix until the apples break up and mash together.
- Add the remaining ingredients, and give everything a good shake until chilled and well combined. Pour into two glasses, and top up with the ginger ale.
- Top each glass with a reserved apple slice, and enjoy!