In recent years, the recommended apple brandy has shifted from applejack to calvados, but both are fine. You can also find variations using triple sec, though curaçao is a drier orange liqueur that is necessary against the other sweet ingredients. Among the key ingredients is Benedictine, which provides a high-proof punch of herbal goodness to the mix, along with some lemon.
It’s a classic cocktail that you are sure to love. Incorporated in the cocktail menu of many weddings over the past hundred years, the honeymoon cocktail has become a timeless drink. The combination of flavors is interesting — a little sweet, a little dry, and a little citrusy — and it’s a very well-designed cocktail. In Hollywood, California, you can check out the Brown Derby for one of their signature cocktails. In addition to the Honolulu cocktail, it might have been mentioned alongside other legends of that legendary dive bar from the 1930s, even though the drink dates from before Prohibition. “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” was published in a bartending book in 1916 by Hugo Ensslin, who attributed it to him.
- Among the other brands to look for are Cedar Ridge, E&J, Paul Masson, St. George, and Santa Fe. There are a number of options for French calvados as well. These are rarely made by famous companies, but they’re always good, and the apple flavor will pop out even more. Any bottle you see, buy it and try it in this cocktail.
- It is most definitely best to use fresh lemon juice here. An average lemon yields slightly more than one half ounce of juice, which is enough to make a few cocktails.