Xavier Herit’s biblically named drink is a nod to the forbidden fruit Adam and Eve couldn’t keep their curious paws off of. The apple-based ingredients—calvados, cranberry and apple shrub and spiced cider—are balanced with bright, acidic verjus (the unfermented juice of unripened grapes), dry amontillado sherry and sparkling wine, all of which happen to be grape-based ingredients. Herit bottles this cocktail for easy service at his New York City bar Wallflower, but you can serve it up in a coupe glass at home if you prefer.
- 1 1/2 ounces calvados (preferably Drouin)
- 1/2 ounce amontillado sherry
- 3/4 ounce cranberry and apple shrub (see Editor's Note)
- 1 ounce verjus
- 2.2 ounces spiced apple cider
- 2 dashes Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas bitters
- 3 ounces sparkling wine
- Add calvados, sherry, shrub, verjus cider and bitters to a mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass (or a bottle).
On medium heat, add 1 cup of cranberry juice (not from concentrate) and 2 cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar. Do not boil. Will keep until the end of days.