The Normand Fizz cocktail has fall written all over it.
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.
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.
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.
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.