Calvados – French Apple Brandy

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I am making a caramelized apple dessert.  The sauce that will be boiled and poured over the top consists of maple syrup and 2 teaspoons Calvados.   I need to know what Calvados is and where to buy it.  Any ideas?


Calvados is a French Apple Brandy, kind of a cider spirit, from Normandy, France.  It is a full proof, barrel-aged spirit made from fermented and distilled apples.  It is considered a sipping brandy, but it is also used in cooking.
An ancient tradition in Normandy is to serve this as a digestive in the middle of the meal.  Aged cider is double distilled as in cognac and aged a minimum of two to three years.  Though it may carry a vintage, sometimes it is blended with older Calvados in the aging process.

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