cocktail friday: norman conquest


I have been looking for a classic cocktail, fit for the holiday season.  I am slowly getting more into the brown liquors, having been too loyal to my clear liquors {vodka and gin} far too long, and have been experimenting more with bourbon.  This cocktail combines Calvados {a liquor made from apples in Normandy, France}, with good ol’ American bourbon.  It is mixed with a bit of apple cider for color and flavor, and finished with a splash of thyme-infused simple syrup.  This drink made me love bourbon {and Calvados} – for me, this was the perfect gateway bourbon drink.

Happy Friday!  Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Recipe continued after the jump…


Norman Conquest Cocktail

  • 2 oz. bourbon {I used Bulleit}
  • 1 oz. Calvados
  • 2 oz. apple cider {or good quality apple juice}
  • 1/2 oz. thyme simple syrup {recipe follows}
  • Thyme sprigs {for garnish}

Mix all of the above ingredients together and serve over ice.  Garnish with a thyme sprig.

Thyme Simple Syrup

  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 5 thyme sprigs

Mix water and sugar in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium low heat until sugar completely dissolves.  Add thyme, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.  Let cool completely and then remove thyme sprigs.





Thank you so much for reading!

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11 Responses to cocktail friday: norman conquest

  1. maggiesause says:

    Devine cocktail, gorgeous boots!

  2. Francesca says:

    The pictures are gorgeous!

  3. daryouchka says:

    Beautiful light! And calvados… yummm

  4. Anne says:

    Love your photograhy, Lindsay! And the drink is a must try. I love thyme infused simple syrup –thanks for sharing! & happy Friday!

    • fleurdeselsf says:

      Thank you Anne! I first came across thyme infused simple syrup awhile ago, and now am trying to try basil, lavender and other herbs – the possibilites seem endless! Hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather we have been having up here

  5. this drink looks so dreamy and romantic…lovely post…sarah

  6. petit4chocolatier says:

    The drink looks so good right now!

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