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The Normandy Flower – A Calvados Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

An interesting combo of flavors, we encourage you to try this Calvados cocktail!


Certain ingredients invoke a seasonal feel, and while they may be perfect for that season, exploring other ways to use a flavor outside of its seasonal time is a great way to try new things. One of these ingredients is apple brandy, which folks normally associate with all the warm spices and flavors of fall. We also wanted to add in St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, so we did!

Normandy Flower Cocktail - gold cocktail in glass with ice cube. Silver jigger and small Calvados bottle with flowers in background

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Calvados Cocktail

While the US makes some fabulous apple brandies (aka applejack), one of the most world renowned is one distilled in the Normandy region of France. There is a long tradition of using the fine apples grown in the region to make Calvados.


One of the most famous distillers of Calvados is the Boulard family, who has been distilling since 1825. When their promotions group contacted us and asked if we were interested in receiving a sample to use on the blog, we jumped at the chance to get to use this great ingredient in some of our cocktails.

Normandy Flower cocktail in wine glass with flowers, jigger and brandy bottle in background

Stemless Wine Glasses / Jigger

Boulard Calvados is made with apples picked from orchards in the Pays d’Auge area of Normandy, France, and then pressed into a dry cider. The cider is fermented and then double distilled using copper pot stills. Boulard’s double distillation process gives their brandy a rich complex flavor. It’s perfect for aging in barrels made from French oak over several years. The aging process adds flavors and matures the brandy, resulting in a rich smooth spirit.

While French law mandates that Calvados must be aged for a minimum of two years, Boulard Calvados ages theirs for a minimum of four years, allowing their Calvados to mellow into a complex velvety spirit full of ripe apple, vanilla and hints of oak from the barrel aging. The layered mellow flavors makes Boulard Calvados perfect for mixing in cocktails.

Normandy Flower cocktail in wine glass with flowers, and jigger

While researching the history of Calvados, we kept running across a drink that the locals in Normandy love to drink, Calvados and tonic. We love the refreshing flavors of a good gin and tonic, so when we read about the combination of Calvados and tonic, we thought this might be a good start for a cocktail. Wanting something refreshing and fit for spring, we decided that we needed something sweet and floral to bring a little spring flavor to the drink.


What Ingredients are Needed for the Normandy Cocktail?

  • Tonic Water
  • Calvados
  • Lemon Juice
  • St Germain Elderflower LIqueur
  • Orange Peel


One of our favorite ways to add a floral note is to use St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which is sweet and floral, and we know plays well with our favorite tonic, Fever Tree. Adding the St. Germain to the Boulard Calvados and tonic made for a very delicious drink. We added a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a orange peel garnish, we realized we had found a new spring drink!


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We started out our spring break sitting on our porch sipping the Normandy Flower on a warm spring evening!




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Gold cocktail in glass with large ice cube and orange peel. Jigger and flowers behind glass on wood table
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The Normandy Flower - A Calvados Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A light brandy cocktail with Calvados, St Germain and topped with tonic water.


Normandy Flower Calvados Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Calvados
  • .50 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • .25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4-5 ounces tonic water (we recommend Fever Tree)
  • orange peel for garnish


Add Calvados, St Germain and lemon juice into a mixing glass with a large ice cube.

Mix, pour into glass with ice. Top with tonic water.Take an orange peel and express the oils over the top of the drink.

Use the peel for a garnish.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 8.9gSaturated Fat: 1.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 23.4gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 18.7gProtein: 1.2g

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Saturday 20th of February 2021

Delicious! Such a great drink. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely make again and again.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of February 2021

So glad you liked it, cheers!

J. Wayne

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Where are the preparation instructions?

The 'Noms.

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Hey there - the recipe is in the recipe card, about 2/3 of the way down the page. Right above the video, cheers!

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