To celebrate National Calvados week, Edinburgh’s La Petite Mort have created a delicious calvados cocktail served up in a fruit-infused vessel, a delivery method which, so far, they alone are offering to Edinburgh. The picture accompanying the invitation to have a taste was enough to whet the palette and I quickly jumped to accept.
The Calvados cocktail is called the Apple Cart Porthole – so named because it is a French apple-brandy based drink, served up in a porthole. The simple but striking container was created by Martin Kastner of Crucial Design Studio back in 2011, as a custom piece for the bar staff at The Aviary in Chicago. Coming in at a hundred dollars per unit, it’s a sign of commitment to the aesthetic of the drinking experience when the cocktail guru of the venue invests in one of these.
Big, fat slices of fresh fruit are candy for the eye, reminding us through our drinks of exactly what flavours we are tasting. Primarily on this occasion, that flavour is apples. National Calvados week is run by the Emporia brand in order to celebrate the beginning of the apple harvest season for Père Magloire, a French brandy which they import from the Basse-Normandie region. La Petite Mort mix this with maraschino liqueur, Triple sec, and lemon juice; adding gorgeous slices of orange, apple and lemon, and a few maraschino cherries to infuse as we sip.
The Porthole can be adapted to any cocktail of your choice – La Petite Mort owner (and cocktail connoisseur) Jenni offered up her top three picks below:
Lemon and Thyme Daquiri
Bacardi Superior, Koko Kanu Rum, Farigoul Liqueur, Lemon – infused with Lemon and Thyme
Mount Gay rum, Rhubarb liqueur and lime juice, infused with ginger, apple and mint.
White Peach Negroni
Portobello Road Dry Gin, Rin Quin Quin, Suze Liqueur – infused with orange slices/peel and peach