The Story Behind The Calvados Old Fashioned

Made with either apples or pears, Calvados is the amazing brandy from the Normandy region of France. It’s very versatile, and can be used in a number of cocktails or sipped on its own. I find the delicate flavors of apple are perfect in an Old Fashioned, especially with the addition of homemade honey syrup.


  • 2 ounces of Calvados
  • ½ ounce of honey syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • 1 apple, sliced as thinly as possible, for garnish (option)


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir to combine and chill.
  3. Strain into glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple fan, if using.

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Updated: 2022-03-17

Honey Syrup Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water

Honey Syrup Directions

  1. Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the honey is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat. Chill before using.
The Calvados Old Fashioned Recipe