Calvados Collins Cocktail Drink

Calvados Collins

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If a refreshing cocktail is what you crave, then this Calvados Collins recipe is perfect for you! It’s an easy-to-make drink that will add sparkle to your day.

Calvados Collins Recipe

Summer calls for this uncomplicated Calvados Collins recipe! The cocktail combines apple brandy, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water for a refreshing taste.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

175 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Calvados
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Apple slice and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your Collins glass to chill and set it aside.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Calvados: Pour 2 oz Calvados into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with club soda.
  • Garnish: Place an apple slice and cherry on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Calvados: You can use any other apple brandy or bourbon for a different flavor profile if you don't have Calvados.
  • Lemon Juice: Opt for lime for a slightly different flavor or even freshly squeezed orange juice can be used as a substitute for lemon juice if you prefer a sweeter cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat and then cooling it down.

Making a Pitcher of Calvados Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Calvados, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Calvados, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with club soda, garnish with an apple slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Calvados Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic apple cider or apple juice as a substitute for Calvados.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure that the sugar used in your simple syrup is vegan. Some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
175
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Calvados Collins Cocktail Drink

Calvados Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Summer calls for this uncomplicated Calvados Collins recipe! The cocktail combines apple brandy, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water for a refreshing taste.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 175

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Calvados
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Club soda - to top
  • Apple slice and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your Collins glass to chill and set it aside.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Calvados: Pour 2 oz Calvados into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with club soda.
  • Garnish: Place an apple slice and cherry on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Calvados: You can use any other apple brandy or bourbon for a different flavor profile if you don't have Calvados.
  • Lemon Juice: Opt for lime for a slightly different flavor or even freshly squeezed orange juice can be used as a substitute for lemon juice if you prefer a sweeter cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat and then cooling it down.

Making a Pitcher of Calvados Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Calvados, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Calvados, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with club soda, garnish with an apple slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Calvados Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic apple cider or apple juice as a substitute for Calvados.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure that the sugar used in your simple syrup is vegan. Some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan.

What is a Calvados Collins?

A Calvados Collins is a brandy-based highball cocktail made of Calvados, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water. This drink is not complicated as it involves simple mixing techniques that even beginners can master. The key to its unique flavor lies in using Calvados – an apple or pear brandy from the Normandy region in France. It’s a variant of the well-known Tom Collins cocktail but uses this French spirit instead for an exciting twist on the classic recipe. Its refreshing taste with a hint of fruitiness makes it perfect for any occasion.

A side shot of a Calvados Collins cocktail in a highball glass on a cork coaster on an salmon placemat surrounded by a white jar with a plant and a white cloth

What is a Calvados Collins made of – The ingredients

Before starting your Calvados Collins, make sure you have these ingredients:

  • Calvados: A type of apple brandy from the Normandy region in France. It provides the main alcoholic base and a rich, fruity flavor to the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy citrus note that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: A mixture of sugar and water sweetens the cocktail and helps blend the flavors.
  • Soda Water: Adds carbonation to the drink, making it light and refreshing.
  • Apple Slice (for garnish): Enhances the apple flavor of the Calvados and adds a visually appealing touch to the finished drink.

Calvados, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water, lemon and sugar cubes laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Calvados Collins?

Our easy steps will teach you how to whip up a Calvados Collins:

1
<p>Start by chilling a Collins glass.</p>

Start by chilling a Collins glass.

2
<p>Next add 1 ounce of lemon juice to a shaker.</p>

Next add 1 ounce of lemon juice to a shaker.

3
<p>Measure and pour ½ ounce of simple syrup.</p>

Measure and pour ½ ounce of simple syrup.

4
<p>Add 2 ounces of Clavados to the mix.</p>

Add 2 ounces of Clavados to the mix.

5
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

6
<p>Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds</p>

Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds

7
<p>Strain your drink into the collins glass over fresh ice.</p>

Strain your drink into the collins glass over fresh ice.

8
<p>Top up with soda water.</p>

Top up with soda water.

9
<p>For the finishing touch, garnish your cocktail with a slice of apple and a cherry. This makes your cocktail look more appealing and adds a little extra flavor.</p>

For the finishing touch, garnish your cocktail with a slice of apple and a cherry. This makes your cocktail look more appealing and adds a little extra flavor.

A Calvados Collins cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Calvados, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water, lemon and sugar cubes

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FAQ

How many calories does Calvados Collins contain?
A standard serving of Calvados Collins contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Calvados Collins cocktail?
The strength of a Calvados Collins cocktail typically ranges from 15% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 30 proof. This makes it a moderately light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in Calvados Collins?
The primary alcohol used in Calvados Collins is Calvados, a type of apple or pear brandy from the Normandy region in France.
In what kind of glass is a Calvados Collins served?
Traditionally, a Calvados Collins is served in a highball glass or Collins glass, allowing plenty of room for ice and mixers.
What does a Calvados Collins taste like?
A Calvados Collins offers a unique blend of flavors. The sweetness and the character of the apple or pear brandy combines with the tartness of lemon juice and the effervescence of club soda to create a refreshing, balanced cocktail with fruity undertones.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Calvados Collins?
The typical ratio for a Calvados Collins is 2 parts Calvados, 1 part lemon juice, and 1/2 part simple syrup, topped off with club soda. This ensures an ideal balance between the strong flavor of the brandy and the other components.
How is a Calvados Collins served with respect to ice?
A Calvados Collins is usually served over ice. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the strong flavors slightly, making it more palatable.
Can I make a Calvados Collins at home?
Absolutely! Making a Calvados Collins at home is quite simple as it requires only a few ingredients: Calvados, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Just remember to follow the correct ratio for a balanced taste.
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a Calvados Collins?
While there's no hard and fast rule about when to enjoy a Calvados Collins, its refreshing nature makes it an excellent choice for summer afternoons or early evening social gatherings.
What is the origin of the Calvados Collins cocktail?
The Calvados Collins is a variation of the classic Tom Collins cocktail. It swaps out the traditional gin for Calvados, giving it a unique twist. The exact origin is unclear, but this cocktail was likely created by an innovative bartender looking to experiment with different flavors.

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