John Cusimano's Apple Smack

john cusimano apple smack
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  • 8Servings


  • 8 ounces fresh apple cider, preferably organic
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 ounces apple vodka
  • 4 ounces Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Hard cider


In a small saucepan, bring the apple cider, cloves, cinnamon stick and a little bit of nutmeg to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and reduces to 2 oz., about 15 minutes. Strain the cider syrup into a small bowl.

In a cocktail shaker, combine half each of the vodka, Calvados and lemon juice, and 1 oz. cider syrup. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into two tall, ice-filled glasses. Top with hard cider. Repeat with remaining ingredients.