This drink wonderfully showcases your choice of apple brandy. Whether you use a Calvados (Pays d'Auge or Domfrontais) or a domestic product such as Laird's Apple Brandy or Clear Creek's Eau de Vie de Pomme, each spirit's unique characteristics and flavor profile will come through.
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters, such as Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters or Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces apple brandy (see headnote)
- 2 or 3 ice cubes
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in an old-fashioned glass, then add the apple brandy and ice cubes. Stir gently for 10 seconds.
Adapted from bartender Misty Kalkofen of Green Street in Cambridge, Mass., who is a co-founder of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC).
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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