The Dempsey cocktail has great depth. The gin’s botanicals compliment the fresh apple and woody spices of the Calvados (apple brandy) which is then completed with anise flavours of the absinthe. Lastly a touch of grenadine (pomegranate syrup) is used to round out the drink.
At its core, it is a very simple drink that is essentially a maple play on the Brandy Milk Punch. Although, it works all year long, it’s perfect for the holidays, with its notes of smoked fruit & baking spice. Just make sure that you use authentic maple syrup and not the phony stuff that the crappy chain restaurants serve you with your pancakes.