The Liquid Ditty: Bourbon, Calvados, and Cider Cocktail

The Liquid Ditty: Bourbon, Calvados and Cider Cocktail {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

A crisp and refreshing cocktail for the season in between summer and fall. Hard cider, Bourbon, Calvados, and honey-sage syrup come together for a chilled autumnal sipper. We came up with this drink to celebrate our wedding and now it’s a September favorite.

A Katie at the Kitchen Door original recipe.



For the honey-sage syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 15 leaves fresh sage, roughly chopped

For each cocktail:

  • 1 part Calvados
  • 2 part Bourbon
  • 1 part honey-sage syrup
  • 1 part chilled hard dry cider, such as Bantam Wunderkind
  • 1 sage leaf, for garnish
  • ice


For the honey-sage syrup:

Bring all ingredients to a simmer. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, until sage is bright green and syrup is foamy. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.

For each cocktail:

Stir together Calvados, honey-sage syrup, and Bourbon to combine. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Top off with cider, garnish with a sage leaf, and serve.