1 1⁄2 oz Calvados
1⁄2 oz Campari (or Gran Classico)
1⁄2 oz Orange Curaçao
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1 pn Sugar
1 wdg Orange
1 twst Orange peel

Rim old fashioned glass with orange wedge & sugar. Shake liquids with ice and strain (no ice). Garnish with orange twist.


Good, but very tart & a little flat. 1 tsp to 1/4 oz. of syrup in place of the sugar rim worked much better for me.

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Posted by Bevx on 2/13/2013
Created by
Chris Hannah, Arnaud's French 75, New Orleans, LA
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The recipe no longer appears on the Serious Eats website, though is archived on the Wayback Machine. This differs from the printed version. I greatly prefer the latter:

  • 1 1/2 oz calvados (makes more sense, given name of cocktail!)
  • 1/2 oz curacao
  • 1/2 oz Gran Classico
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 wedge orange, just to moisten the glass
  • Sugar, to rim glass
  • 1 strip orange zest, as garnish

Shake, strain into sugar-rimmed rocks glass with garnish.

This also appers on the Food & Wine website, so may justify "reclaiming" the recipe.

I've curated the drink to match the Food & Wine site since the authentic recipe was intended. (For the record the previous version had orange juice instead of curacao and Applejack instead of Calvados.)

This nice thing is that Laird's Applejack is no longer GNS + apple brandy - it's just 86 proof brandy. Thanks, Zachary