The Normand Fizz | Apple Ginger Calvados Cocktail

The Normand Fizz cocktail has fall  written all over it.

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Each season has its flavors, each holiday its traditions and every occasion its cocktail.  With cooler weather and shorter days comes a natural return to fortifying spirits and familiar fall ingredients like apples and warming spices.

Fall is generally the season marked by crisp air, leaves turning colors, longer nights and cozy sweaters. And while that may be true for the rest of the country, here in Southern California we rarely reach those chilly temperatures that require the fortification of strong spirits.

Yet, that has never stopped me from embracing seasonal traditions in the face of somewhat unseasonal weather.

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With incredible displays of rosy apples dominating the landscape at farmers’ market stalls this time of year, it’s hard to resist their allure.

The Normand Fizz, as I like to call it, has cool weather written all over it, with ingredients like apples, ginger and Calvados (a type of French apple brandy from Normandy).  It’s simultaneously cool and warm, sweet and spicy.

This apple cocktail balances tart against sweet, just like peak-of-season apples, and showcases their crisp clean fall flavor. Sweet-tart varieties like Pippins and Pink Ladies are good choices here because their sharpness stands up to the other ingredients.  Full-flavored Calvados create a robust drink that enhances the apple’s aromas and gives an autumnal character to the cocktail.

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Muddling sliced tart apples lends a delicate flavor.  The drink gets a spicy kick from a ginger infused simple syrup (the same one I used in my ginger lemonade) while the apple offers an understated sweet-tart note that lingers against the heat.

You’ll feel toasty and warm in no time.

Serves serves 2

The Normand Fizz | Apple Ginger Calvados Cocktail

This apple cocktail balances tart against sweet, just like peak-of-season apples, and showcases their crisp clean fall flavor.

5 minPrep Time

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  • 4 thin tart apple slices
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 oz/ 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 oz/ 2 tablespoons ginger simple syrup (see associated recipe)
  • 2 oz/ 1?4 cup good-quality Calvados
  • Ice cubes
  • Soda water to top up
  • Lemon peel for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 of the apple slices, the maple syrup and lemon juice.
  2. Add the ginger simple syrup, Calvados and a few ice cubes. Cover, shake and strain into ice filled glasses.
  3. Top up with soda water and garnish with the remaining apple slices and twists of lemon peel.


Both Calvados is an apple brandy similar to Applejack — Applejack is American and Calvados is French. French Calvados is generally considered superior but they’re close enough so you can substitute one for the other in this recipe if you can't find Calvados.

What are some of your favorite cool weather cocktails?  Feel free to share links to them in the comments section so we can all see.


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  1. says

    This looks like the perfect winter cocktail – I could imagine drinking these at Christmas round a roaring fire. I love any drink where ginger is involved so this is right up my street 🙂

  2. says

    I have paired ginger and pears before but never with apples. Sounds cozy yet refreshing! And totally agree with you- even though Dubai doesn’t have icy cold weather, I still embrace warmer and heartier foods during this time:)

  3. says

    I feel like I say the same words every time I comment…but your photos are consistently stunning, your recipes amazing, and your voice is awesome. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us all, Sylvie!

  4. says

    Stunning photos as usual, Sylvie! I love the idea of a fall cocktail that really represents the season. It looks like a very elegant drink worthy of a dinner party.

  5. says

    So jealous – i wish i had warm weather, woke up to frost on the car this morning – YUCK! The drink looks fabulous, wish i could have one. But i only have three months left 🙂

  6. says

    These are absolutely gorgeous, and they sound amazing. I love apple cider, and I can only imagine the apple brandy and ginger together. Heaven in a glass.

  7. says

    I just did an apple, bourbon and ginger ale cocktail that was perfect; you are so right about the seasonal changes and how we warm to those ingredients that seem to fit. Please make sure you add your cocktail to my Happy Hour Friday; it’s gorgeous Sylvie.

  8. says

    This whole POST made me feel happy and cozy. I just love your voice, the way you make a drink seem like an trip to a magical place… and of course, the stunning pictures. Your vision for photography is just amazing Sylvie!

  9. says

    Okay, I can tell already that this cocktail is going to become a favorite of mine. Wonderful cold weather flavors, Sylvie. We will have lots of family visiting over the holidays and I have a feeling this will be just the thing to keep everyone in a joyful mood. 😉

  10. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet says

    Just gorgeous Sylvie! You make everything look so incredibly amazing. This cocktail is now on my Thanksgiving menu. Love it. Thank you for sharing!


  11. says

    Cocktails are so elegant I still need to learn so much. When we go out I always want to be so grown up and order one just so it will keep me company and look all pretty.:) This particular season one would be a great companion from what I can see:).

  12. says

    So glad you submitted this to Healthy Aperture. There’s an abundance of research to support moderate alcohol consumption (including spirits… not just wine) for heart health. I attend a fabulous workshop on this very topic last year at the CIA in Napa. The research is overwhelmingly positive. Makes me feel even better about my afternoon cocktail 😉

  13. says

    Only you would think to serve this lovely cocktail on a pewter plate. Perfection in presentation, as always, Sylvie.
    And what a drink! If it weren’t 8 in the morning right now, I’d be searching my pantry for ingredients!

  14. says

    I didn’t realize you were in So California, Sylvie! 🙂 Your photography is pristine and makes my jaw drop in awe.

    I’m going to share this post with my Hubbs, he’s our mixologist and this could be our weekend cocktail before the holidays start!

    Have a great rest of the week!

  15. says

    I’m giving this recipe to my husband, who loves Calvados, particularly since he was told the “trou normand” tradition (they say when you have eaten too much, a glass of Clavados makes a “whole”, so that you can continue eating..)
    The photos are spectacular, but you spoil us there!

  16. says

    This sounds fantastic! I love well-thought out seasonal cocktails and this is definitely one of them 🙂 Moving to Phoenix from the desert somewhat recently has left me missing the chill of fall I think of when I see this drink. I like your attitude about pushing forward with the seasonal inspiration anyhow!

  17. Liren says

    Sylvie, you always manage to take my breath away with your gorgeous pictures. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…I would love to toast the holiday with this stunning cocktail!

  18. says

    Spectacular photos and mouthwatering cocktail. I discovered Calvados when I lived in Paris and fell in love. Your recipe is one to really keep warm during this cold season. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Robert P says

    Just made one of these, and it’s delicious; truly Autumnal. Mine has come out cloudier than in the photos.

    If I were to tweek the recipe at all, perhaps both the ginger and honey flavours could be pulled back slightly by reducing the amount of that syrup.

    I think I’m going to have to add more soda water because I don’t want the drink to run out! Thank you 🙂

    • says

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Robert and that you tweaked it to suit your tastes. I do tend to be a bit heavy handed when it comes to ginger at times!