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Warm Spiced Calvados Cocktail

Calvados is a pear or apple brandy made in Calvados, a department of Normandy in northern France. This easy to make cocktail brings you a complex earthy and fruitful flavor. Only bring the cocktail to a simmer to keep the alcohol from evaporating, and serve this perfect fall cocktail warm.

Tasty Team


for 8 servings

  • 8 clementines
  • 2 cups calvados (480 mL)
  • 8 cups apple juice (1.9 L)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (100 g)
  • 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole star anises
  • 1 teaspoon whole clove

Nutrition Info

    Calories 203
    Fat 0g
    Carbs 52g
    Fiber 4g
    Sugar 43g
    Protein 1g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skins from the clementines, making sure not to include any of the white pith. Set the peels aside. Cut each clementine in half crosswise and juice.
  2. In a medium pot over medium-low heat, combine the clementine peels and juice, calvados, apple juice, brown sugar, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, and cloves. Simmer for 20–25 minutes, without letting the mixture come to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Ladle the cocktail into mugs and serve warm.
  4. Enjoy!

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