The Autumn Orchard- A Toast to the Season

It’s Thursday.  I want to make sure that you are prepared for the weekend with something that is going to warm you from head to toe.  What is really special about this cocktail is that it can be paired with foods such as hearty meats and cheeses.

This cocktail is a mixture of Calvados, Cognac, pear liqueur, Cointreau, with a few dashes of aromatic bitters, and fresh lime juice.  It is a wonderful companion to the cool autumn season.

 The Autumn Orchard
Makes 2
Recipe from Ted Kilgore, head bartender at Taste by Niche in St. Louis

1/4 cup Cognac (such as Camus VS)
1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 tablespoons pear liqueur (such as Rothman and Winter or Mathilde)
4-1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
2 lime slices
Mix first 6 ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice.  Cover and shake vigorously 20 times.  Strain between 2 coupe glasses.  Float lime slices on top and serve.

41 thoughts on “The Autumn Orchard- A Toast to the Season

  1. I used to always have a bottle of Calvados in my pantry that I would use when baking; this cocktail to me sounds like a wonderful interplay of flavors and like you say, perfect for a chilly night while at home .


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