21 December 2008
A Norman Winter: An Apple-y Drink for Dark Days of December
It began snowing at 9 p.m. last night and did not let up until late morning today. My husband moved the cars, took the snowblower out of the horse barn and began lugging it up and down the hill to create a path around the house, while clearing the driveway and the sidewalk. He took the blower, new last winter, down the street, too, helping our neighbors as they have often helped us.
He needed a stiff drink when he came inside, or so I reasoned. I've been itching since October to create something made from the bottle of Calvados we bought in Paris in 2007 and the cider we always keep on hand during the last three months of the year.
I have some Norman blood, and have always had a weakness for cider, apples and anything related. I was happy to find both pear and apple cider available in the Lot during the two weeks we were there recently (was it three months ago already?) and managed to imbibe a bottle each, along with the legendary dark wine of the area.
When my husband came in from the cold, stomping the snow off his boots, I handed him a newly-concocted drink I call a Norman Winter.
Here's my recipe for a Norman Winter:
5 ounces Calvados or apple brandy
1/2 cup apple cider
generous splash lemon-lime soda or non-alcoholic sparkling cider
splash of lime juice
five ice cubes
Pour all the ingredients over ice. Garnish with an apple slice or slip a few slices into the drink. Marashino cherries would be a nice contrast, but I had none.
"I don't normally like Calvados," said my husband, "but this is pretty good."
I have a feeling this is a drink I will keep tweaking a bit. But I sure swallowed it fast.