Apple Lovers: This Is Your Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Black Friday may be over, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t still use something to take the edge off. Manjula Martin, 10-year veteran bartender of San Francisco’s iconic restaurant, The Slanted Door, whipped up a holiday cocktail recipe that’s just right: Vieux Normand, an apple twist on an Old Fashioned.

Vieux Normand

(makes 1 cocktail)

  • Large ice cube
  • 2 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash allspice
  • ¼ oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz Calvados
  • Apple slice to garnish


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.

Fill the glass with a large cube of ice. Manjula notes that the ice is an important component of the drink: as the ice melts, it’ll dilute the drink a bit so it’s not super boozy. Small cubes will melt too quickly, and this drink is meant to be sipped for a while!

Add the calvados and the angostura bitters. For that holiday hint, add maple syrup and a dash of allspice.

Stir, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an apple slice, and enjoy!

A big thank you to Manjula for making us a delicious holiday-inspired cocktail. Ready to up your bar game? Go ahead: deck out your bar cart and shop our vintage barware collection for all your holiday hostessing festivities.

December 27, 2015

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