When Calvados Met Pomegranate It Was Love At First Sight

by Pamela

calvados, fall cocktail, apple brandy

Last week I waxed poetic (as poetic as I ever get) about Calvados. That luscious apple brandy that comes from France. So this week I thought I would reach back into one of my favorite old posts and re-introduce you to the Adam and Eve.

I decided that I couldn’t leave well enough alone by simply doing a post about Calvados. Yes, I realize that I did give you a cocktail recipe in that post, but then I remembered that I had also created this apple/pomegranate Fall cocktail and just had to re-post it. I think the reason why I like this one so much is that it crams all those fantastic Fall flavors into one little glass – without being cloyingly sweet or having any one of the flavors be overwhelming.

You’ve probably noticed that I don’t usually name my cocktail recipes. I’m not really sure why I don’t. I guess it’s because I don’t want to someone to just look at the name and think “no way am I going to drink that.” I would rather just call a drink what it is and let the ingredients speak for themselves. However, I made an exception for this Fall cocktail. (I didn’t really think ‘Calvados cocktail’ did the drink any positive service.)

The Adam and Eve, as I call it, was so named because (as the story goes) Eve tempted Adam with an apple. So we all have this picture in our heads of a naked woman handing an apple over to a naked man and telling him to eat it. (I’m sure he protested and she told him to shut up and eat it because it was good for him. Of course the first uttering of the sentence which has fueled a million dinner discussions since wasn’t recorded.) Scholars have suspected that the ‘actual’ apple was probably a pomegranate, since those would have been native to the area where our conventional apples were not.

So while there may be a controversy over what fruit Eve actually had Adam eat, there won’t be any controversy over this cocktail because you get both in one sip (Calvados for the apple and pomegranate liqueur for the well….pomegranate).

Why not get your inner Eve to mix up a batch of these and see if you can’t get your significant other to bring out his inner Adam and enjoy a couple of these in front of the fire.

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The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.
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The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby. - Natalie Wood


Recipe: Calvados Cocktail: The Adam and Eve


  • 1 1/4 Ounce Calvados
  • 3/4 Ounce Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1/3 Ounce (2 teaspoon) Ginger Syrup
  • 1/6 Ounce (1 teaspoon) Cointreau
  • 1/6 Ounce (1 teaspoon) Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a dish and set aside.
  2. Pour all liquid ingredients into a shaker, with ice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Wet the rim of the glass with water and rim with sugar cinnamon mixture.
  4. Pour contents of shaker into glass and serve.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Recipe by Pamela Braun.[/print_this]

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