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What can I replace with Calvados?

asked by Madame Sel almost 4 years ago
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aargersi

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added almost 4 years ago

Calvados isn't sweet but it is apple-kissed, I would think cognac with a teeny splash of apple cider would do it? You could probably go straight cognac too, you would lose that hint of apple though. Dang, now I want pate made with calvados.

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added over 1 year ago

I'm going to try this with Ina Garten's Individual Apple Tarts...mixing with the cognac with apple cider!

Desert
added almost 4 years ago

My first reaction is Why would you want to? I don't mean to be rude I just think trying to sub something for Calvados is experimental and no matter what you try that outcome will be unknown and possibly at a loss.

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added almost 4 years ago

Well, I am trying to save $$ and since I will only use the Calvados I was trying to replace it with something. The recipe already has apple cider in it so I can't substitute with that. It only calls for 1/4 cup of Calvados so I was trying to find an alternative.

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AntoniaJames

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added almost 4 years ago

What is the recipe? It makes a big difference.

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added almost 4 years ago

Cider Braised country spare ribs-you deglaze with calvados and then saute some apples and onions.

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AntoniaJames

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added almost 4 years ago

Brandy, even something inexpensive, would work just fine in a recipe like this. Or, I'd use Grappa. Especially given that you have apple cider, go with something neutral. (Someone once recommended to me to substitute a pear liqueur for Calvados, but the result was rather strange.) You've got so much apple in this dish already, I'm not sure I'd bother with adding more cider. ;o)

Desert
added almost 4 years ago

I hear you on that madame-Then I don't think congac is going be less costly unless you already have it. From a cost stand point You might try an airline bottle of another type of liquor. My local liquor store carries the tiny bottles at a buck each. If the recipe calls for both cider and Calvados and cognac is a logical substute then look far a sub. for congac in the airline bottles. Brandy?

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added almost 4 years ago

We call those "nips" here in NH. I know for a fact there Courvoisier in that size, I think I may do that! Good call DonnyG!

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added almost 4 years ago

Madame Sel,
Don't feel badly. I know what it's like. It is a shame to spend the money for a bottle of something that you may only use once. I just went to the website of a relatively inexpensive liquor store, and the bottles of Calvados were not cheap. What are you going to be making? Knowing that may help us come up with a good alternative.

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added over 1 year ago

Laird's Applejack. MUCH less expensive and you can make a nice Jack Rose with it too, then drink it and pretend you are Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises.