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Great for Thanksgiving! Raise a toast to friends and family with this celebratory cocktail, made with apple cider that takes on a grown-up twist with the addition of Calvados, an apple brandy produced in Normandy, France.

Apple Cider Cocktail


  • Ice cubes as needed
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) apple cider
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Calvados
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) brandy
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 4 thin apple slices, cut sides rubbed with lemon juice


1. Fill a large cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the apple cider, Calvados, brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into 2 highball glasses filled with ice. Garnish each glass with 2 of the apple slices and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining, by Georgeanne Brennan (Oxmoor House, 2007).

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