From *The World Encyclopedia of Coffee* -- Per the intro, "Normandy is known for its apple orchards & gives its name to many dishes made w/apple juice or apple sauce. This recipe blends the flavour of apples w/spices for a delicious & tangy coffee drink." This is non-alcoholic as written, but is easily converted to a warming coffee toddy as mentioned in a note after the prep. *Enjoy* !
- Bring all ingredients to a boil over mod heat. Reduce heat & simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain into a serving jug or pot & pour into cappuccino style cups, adding a cinnamon stick to ea as desired.
- NOTE #1: The recipe did not say otherwise & my assumption is that unsweetened apple juice is preferred, but sweetened can be used at your option.
- NOTE #2: For the alcoholic version, replace 1/4 of the apple juice w/Calvados, added when the heat is reduced to simmer in Step 1 (DO NOT allow the Calvados to boil).
I have to agree with Jen and Mikekey. I started with fresh made espresso and it still got lost in the taste of the apple and strong orange. That said, it did improve as I slowly sipped on this kick back Sunday morning. The spice is lovely and don't be shy with the cinnamon. I really think that the very best way to enjoy this would be to make it well before you want to serve it and then reheat or enjoy it over ice.
I have had coffe like this is Normandy, so I knew what to expect! I like coffee served this way, spicy and yet with the strong taste of apples too. I thought about using apple juice for about a nano second, and then reached for the calvados, well, you know me Darlink! I made this for 2 people, and we slurped it down with gay abandon! I can see why this may be an unusual taste for some, but for me the coffee and calvados is a great combination, and the spices are subtle and add that special touch. Merci encore Twizzle, made for PAC Spring 2010 and a great boozy coffee! FT:-) NB: I did not use the oranges, but added a few slices of apple to the coffee to brew.
I didn't care for the first couple of sips, but it grew on me. It is more like a wassail, as Jen mentioned in her review. I wasn't sure about the oranges. 3 oranges seemed like too much, so I used 3 slices of a large orange, and it was plenty. The spices were just right. It was a warming drink on a cold day.