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All About Calvados

If you're looking for something sweet to sip on, reach for a bottle of Calvados. The spirit can only be made in Normandy or just outside and is the result of distilling cider made from apples or pears. The original cider is generally made from a combination of four types of apples: sweet, bittersweet, bitter and sour. The flavor of calvados depends on the fruits used as well, the type of soil they were grown in and the method used for the original juice pressing.

How to Drink It:
Young calvados is perfect as an aperitif, either on ice or with soda water, and pairs well with creamy Normandy cheeses. Older varieties complement apple pudding perfectly and are best served as an after-dinner drink.