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The Normandy


The Normandy

This is the sole Thanksgiving cocktail recommendation in The New York Times Cookbook, adapted from NYC-based bartender, Xavier Herit. It’s an apple-based drink that plays on the crisp, tart flavor of the Granny Smith variety.



9 fresh cranberries

2 thin slices green apple

1 teaspoon dark brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon simple syrup

¼ cup good-quality Calvados or Applejack

Ice cubes


In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 cranberries, 1 apple slice, and the brown sugar and lemon juice.

Add the simple syrup, Calvados, and a few ice cubes.

Cover; shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Top with the remaining apple slice and 3 cranberries.