Orchard Keeper

The Orchard Keeper, from the book Normandy Cocktails by Jean-Paul Thomine and Christian Drouin, is a prime example of alcohol’s magical ability to capture and recreate the flavors of the harvest, storing the flavorful aromatics of fruits and herbs until they’re released into a cold glass.

This is no Appletini – the Orchard Keeper is a rich, true barely-sweet apple flavor that knocks those neon-green monstrosities right off the bar.

Calavados (or another dry apple brandy) provides the appletastic backbone, while blanc vermouth gives it a grassy, bright flavor that makes it taste like something fresh-picked. Honey syrup is a perfect sweetener here, resulting in a cocktail that tastes like a honeycrisp apple.



Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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This app ROCKS!!!

I've used a number of mix drink apps, and this one is by FAR the BEST! I've made a couple dozen drinks so far, and they're delicious. It suits my quality wants while (more importantly) suiting my inherent laziness. You put in what you have on hand, and it automatically lists all the drinks you can make! There's info on all the ingredients, which is pretty neat to learn some backstory. What I truly like is I can click an ingredient and it shows how many more drinks I can make. It's pretty fun picking up a new item and seeing 8 new drinks to try. There's a setting on the iPad that locks the app on so people can switch on the mixing app without letting anyone out of it, so I leave it by the bar and people can use it without worry of people snooping around. ;) The combination of all the drinks and this app that makes searching for, and making a drink, easy peezy lemon squeezey, and gives a real feeling of sophistication.
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