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Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Cocktails’

Le Normandie c'est magnifique!

Fleur is at it again, making sure that our Thanksgiving holidays are cozy, boozy and French? Oui, oui! She’s come up with yet another luscious libation sure to have you kick that Manhattan or Whiskey Sour to the curb. Now, we have nothing against old school American classics, but when turkey day rolls around, you may find yourself thankful for this substantial and tasty new twist on tradition, by our own spirited girl, Fleur: Le Normandie! Infused with Calvados, a little bit of sour mix, and apple, it’s so tart and fresh you want to smack it! This little number was born at none other than our favorite French bistro, Le P’tit Laurent in fog city. Bon Soir!

Of all the things I’ve loved this week – a cozy dinner at Bar Tartine on Valencia Street, a late-night scrumptious Warm Brownie Sundae at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, the new holiday lattes at Starbucks, hearing the start of those old holiday classics on KOIT (although in about a week I may, like every year, find myself over-indulged in that), and Gerard Butlers unbelievable abs in the action movie “300”; one thing I found myself asking “Please Sir, can I have some more?” was for a spectacular cocktail named Le Normandie. I don’t just love this because it contains alcohol, although that does help of course. But it’s perfect for the time of year and tastes just delightful; smooth and flavorful; it warmed my insides like brandy on a Christmas pudding.

Yes I’m going with the French theme again (it is my namesake after all), and I was fortunate enough to have Laurent Legendre, owner of “Le P’tit Laurent” in Glen Park and creator of this undeniably delicious concoction make it for me himself. I must admit I was slightly dubious when he told me the ingredients – Calvados (apple brandy), sweet and sour mix and triple sec. I’ve never been a big fan of sugary mixes; I think you can often re-create them yourself with fresh juice, but with the tiny amount he uses in Le Normandie, you can’t even tell it’s there. Calvados has a very strong apple brandy flavor, and with the lemon in the mix it could taste quite tart. But the triple sec sets it off perfectly, giving it an even balance. Warm apple tart, brandy sauce or apple sours and lemon sherbet come to mind.

If you want the real thing I would say go to the maestro himself, or by all means recreate at home. But go steady if you’re making it for your whole family over Thanksgiving; Le Normandie is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink, but Calvados is pretty strong. You don’t want to be responsible for Granny passing out before the Turkey comes round…

Le Normandie

Two parts Calvados (you can purchase this at BevMo)

One part Triple Sec or Cointreu

One Part Sweet and Sour Mix, or the juice from one lemon

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass. Serve with a slice of fresh green apple

Happy (hic!) Holidays!


Anti-Brides, today we launch Fleur Bailey, our girl on the go, who’s drinking, eating, and running all over town, (and the Net), to vet the best stuff out there. For you see, Fleur knows how to squeeze a dime, in the best sense of the word: “luxe for less” is her mantra. She always looks like she stepped off the pages of Elle, so we think she’s onto something….we’re certainly paying attention. Some of the things she’ll be writing about in the upcoming weeks, I had never heard about, but must have immediately! Have we mentioned that among her myriad other talents, she makes drinks of such sublime delicacy and flavor, that they warrant a christening and a proper name? Today, she’s writing today about a cocktail she invented that I was lucky enough to try: La Fleur d’Amour. You will want more, of that, I am sure….Look for her weekly posts, aptly titled “Fleur Adores” and follow her escapades into the land of the bon vivant!

J'adore La Fleur D'Amour!

If you want to serve something unique and fabulous to your guests at your bridal shower or wedding reception, try this luxurious cocktail combining a delicious mix of pear and ginger.

Named ‘La Fleur D’Amour’ – meaning the flower of love, really is a labor of love, for instead of using sugary ginger syrup, the cocktail calls for fresh pressed ginger – a somewhat lengthy but worthwhile ingredient.

Guests will be thirsty for another in minutes as this tipple glides down like lemonade, but is exceptionally more satisfying.

Adding a splash of sparkling wine at the finish gives it that extra finesse, perfect for a brunch bridal shower, and will also save you a bob or two as it means the mix will go that bit farther.  You can use any sparkling wine; cheap and cheerful is your formula.


2 oz Grey Goose La Poire

1 oz Triple Sec

Juice of half a lemon

Two thumb-nail sized pieces of fresh ginger, pressed. (A garlic press works really well.)

Splash of simple syrup.

Shake ingredients well with ice in a shaker, strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of sparkling wine. Serve with a twist or slice of lemon.

Et violà! Luscious, magnificent and definitely memorable.

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