Fallen Leaves

As night frosts usher in the transformation from fall to winter and trees bid farewell to their last leaves, the opportune moment to savor the Fallen Leaves cocktail emerges.

This exquisite libation achieves a perfect equilibrium between tartness and sweetness through the harmonious union of two brandies and two vermouths. It possesses the unique ability to both warm and refresh the imbiber simultaneously. I must emphasize that Calvados, in particular, is an ideal companion to vermouth. Opt for a youthful Calvados with a pronounced apple essence (about calvados); its interplay with the herbal notes of vermouth imparts the sensation of strolling through fallen leaves on a crisp autumn day.

The origins of this cocktail trace back to 1982 when Charles Schumann crafted it in Munich, Germany. His creation found its place in his esteemed book, “American Bar.”

3/4 oz / 22.5 ml Calvados
3/4 oz / 22.5 ml Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz / 7.5 ml Dry vermouth
1/6 oz / 5 ml Cognac

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish – lemon zest.

Cocktail glass

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