Cidrerie in Honfleur

Honfleur is a small old harbor in the Calvados department in Normandy (northwestern France). It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre. It is especially known for its beautiful picturesque port and houses with slate-covered frontages.

The well-known painters Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind worked there, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school). The Honfleur school contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement.

Cidre and Calvados

French cidre (in English cider or cyder) is an alcoholic drink produced predominantly in Normandy and Brittany. Cidre Doux is a sweet cider, usually up to 3% in strength (alcohol content). The Demi-Sec is 3–5% and Cidre Brut is a strong dry cider of 4.5% alcohol and above. The French ciders are usually sparkling. Higher quality cider is sold in champagne-style corked bottles (cidre bouché). A kir Normand is a cocktail apéritif made with cider and cassis liquor, rather than white wine and cassis for the traditional French kir.

Cidre is sold in specialized shops called cidreries. On the photo, a typical cidrerie in Normandy is shown.

Calvados from Normandy is a spirit made of cider through two-pass distillation. In the first pass, the result is a liquid containing 28%–30% alcohol. In a second pass, the amount of alcohol is augmented to about 40%. Usually, calvados may be found in cidreries, too.