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Saturday night in World Calvados Week: what better time to get to know this under-appreciated but delicious French spirit?
Avallen calvados in paper bottle

Calvados is enjoying a renaissance across bars, and My Green Pod Hero Avallen calvados has transformed this traditional apple-brandy into a thoroughly modern, planet-positive spirit: one that actually sequesters more CO2 from the atmosphere than it produces – from blossom to bottle.
 
Calvados is one of France’s three brandies, alongside cognac and armagnac. It has been produced since the 1500s and gained serious popularity in pre-prohibition cocktails like William Schmidt’s Delicious Sour and the Corpse Reviver #1, as it appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book.

As enjoyable in cocktails as it is neat, calvados is a spectacular spirit for mixing. It’s entirely natural – made with just apples, water and time – and the subtle flavours lend a satisfying twist in place of other base spirits like gin, whisky, rum and even tequila.
 
True to Avallen’s ethical core, £1 of every bottle sold during World Calvados Week (16-22 Oct) will go to the not-for-profit One Tree Planted.

A sustainable spirit

Avallen is ahead of the game when it comes to sustainability; it is available in a game-changing paper bottle that’s bold, bright and more durable than glass.

Weighing in at a super light 82g, the paper bottle presents an alternative to single-use glass and significantly reduces the brand’s carbon footprint – with each bottle generating six times less CO2 than its glass counterpart. Avallen is one of the first spirits in the world to make this bold move.
 
Avallen is a Certified B Corp – a recognition granted only to the most conscious of businesses – and beyond its carbon credentials, Avallen has a pretty exceptional aptitude for biodiversity.

The Normandy orchards that produce the apples for Avallen calvados are rich habitats that support a wide variety of life, and 2% of the company’s revenue is donated to charities that champion the protection of bees.
 

How to drink Avallen calvados

The liquid itself is entirely natural, bursting with the flavour of apples, and comes in with a kick thanks to its 40%ABV.

Upon lifting a glass you’ll notice an aroma akin to apple pie filling accompanied by vanilla and a subtle spice. Take your first sip and sweet, juicy apple will come to the fore, and that subtle spice will unveil itself as cinnamon and delicate pepper. Other notes include toffee apple, vanilla custard and delicate honeysuckle.
 
There’s an abundance of ways to enjoy Avallen; it’s delicious neat, over ice or with tonic, or you can give your tipple of choice a climate-positive kick by swapping your base spirit for Avallen.

If you’re entertaining, try one of Avallen’s cocktail recipes below.

AVALLEN HEDGEROW

  • 40ml Avallen
  • 10ml apricot brandy
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • Top 50/50 ginger beer & dry cider
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In a highball glass filled with ice, add all ingredients except ginger beer and cider. Gently stir the drink. Top with half ginger beer and half cider. Garnish with candied ginger and slice of lime.

AVALLEN ESPRESSO

  • 40ml Avallen
  • 15ml coffee liqueur
  • 30ml fresh espresso
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes salt solution

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Double strain into a coupette and garnish with coffee beans.

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