Taste Tested: The Normandier

Here at the OCTA headquarters, we’re all astir over the upcoming Summit. In honour of the afternoon’s Spirit of Local Cocktail Competition, mix master Christina Kuypers is carting out an apple recipe that’ll have you raising your glass to Ontario’s orchards!


“As the leaves and the seasons turn, the Normandier is a cocktail for both the serious sipper and easy drinker to enjoy. A�The warm aromatics of Calvados, Angostura bitters, star anise and orange oil are brightened by organic Ontario cider and a homemade spiced apple shrub that lends this fall favourite a crisp finish.”

A�Recipe: The Normandier

Want an en-core? Christina will be shaking up samples of this signature cocktail at our Summit! A�Reserve your seat now!A�


  • 2oz Calvados
  • 0.75oz Spiced Apple Shrub
  • 0.5oz Organic Apple Cider (preferably Filsinger’s)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 pieces of orange zest (oil & garnish)
  • Star anise (for garnish)


  1. Chill a small coupe glass.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine Calvados, shrub, cider and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir.
  3. Strain into coupe.
  4. Zest orange over the surface of the cocktail and discard. Float one star anise and an orange peel garnish.
  5. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Recipe: Spiced Apple Shrub


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (2″)
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 finger of Ontario ginger (2″x1″x0.5″), sliced
  • 2/3 cup Ontario apple cider vinegar, (unpasteurized and unfiltered is best)
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 2 oz Ontario vodka (a great reason to check outA�Still Waters Distillery!)


  1. Add cinnamon, allspice, clove, star anise and ginger to water in a small pot.
  2. Cover, bring to a boil and gently simmer for 30min. Allow to cool.
  3. Fine strain into a 1L mason jar (the solution should yield 1 1/3 cup).
  4. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture takes on a glossy look.
  5. Return half of the spices and ginger to the mason jar and allow to rest in the fridge for one day.
  6. Fine strain again and allow the shrub to rest in the fridge for one more day.
  7. Add vodka to preserve your spiced apple shrub.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

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