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Normandy Hot Toddy

A delicious drink to warm you up on a cold day or night. The recipe calls for Calvados, an apple brandy from Normandy.

Apples have been grown in the department of Calvados in Normandy for hundreds of years – at least back to the 8th Century in the time of Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Emperor of Rome.  Cider (cidre) has been produced in the region since the 1700s and the “eau de vie de cidre” known as Calvados, an apple brandy drink was being produced prior to the French Revolution.  Calvados gained it’s officially protected name in 1942 and is distilled from apples that are specifically grown and selected for its production.

If you’ve got a cold this can also be quite a soothing drink. We certainly can’t claim its a cold remedy but it sure makes you feel better!

Ingredients for a Normandy Hot Toddy

Bottle of Cider
Small glass of calvados
One lemon
6 Cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons liquid honey
½ Teaspoon of grated nutmeg


Heat the cider with the cinnamon, honey and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to the boil then turn off the heat.

Remove the cinnamon sticks from the pan and stir in the Calvados.

Put a cinnamon stick and slice of lemon in a glass and pour the hot toddy over.

Sip and enjoy!

Bon Santé

More on Cavaldos

Guide to Calvados – the place, and the drink
Recipe for French cupcakes with Calvados
Apple sorbet with Calvados recipe
Chicken with Calvados recipe

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