Ante Cocktail

Calvados is a brandy from the Normandy region of France. But instead of being made from grapes, it is made from the regions various apples. Here in America, a similar product, but with a slightly different character, is Applejack. The Ante cocktail is one that provides a great way to enjoy calvados, with a gentle and slightly sweet flavor.


1 1/4 oz calvados

1/2 oz Dubonnet Rouge

1/4 oz Cointreau

dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters


Stir with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.


Fred 23 Mar 2009
5:30 am

Very nice. But, I didn’t hear “Auntie cocktail.” I heard “the Anti-cocktail.” You know… what to drink when all of your friends are having cocktails and you want to make a statement. :-)

Wild Bill Turkey 24 Mar 2009
6:57 am

I think it’s Ante like the bet you place at the start of around of poker. As in you can’t even start a night of drinking until you’ve put in your ante. Calvados and Cointreau, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

brenna 12 Oct 2012
7:07 pm

Hi Robert - I’ve recently developed an interest in ‘playing with’ mixology - as a side bar to my love of playing with food.  I’ve always liked Campari.  Recently I tried Calvados at a friend’s Autumn themed dinner party, and found it delightful as an after dinner sip, on it’s own.  I know there are some Calvados cocktails, but wondered whether you have ever seen one that includes Campari.    And what do you think about that combination?  T

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