Christine's Trou Normand

Le Trou Normand - Original: 

It is certain that the first time a palate was cleansed with a young Calvados eau de vie, it happened during a meal consumed near to the still during distillation season. With this small sip in whatever glass was available, a tradition was born.


This variation of Le Trou Normand was created by Christine Foubert Cooney for one of her legendary holiday meals. It was served in a small, elegant, wide brimmed cordial glass with a tiny spoon, between courses of the fish and the meat.

 Christine's Trou Normand with Claque-Pepin Calvados Fine and Lemon Granita


  • 1 to 1.5 oz. Claque-Pepin Calvados Fine
  • 1-2 tablespoons homemade lemon granita
  • 1 mint leaf


Spoon Granita into the glass, filling half way. Pour Calvados over the Granita. Add mint leaf garnish. Serve immediately with tiny spoon.

Serves 1

For a simple lemon granita recipe, we recommend this one from Epicurious.