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Pondicherry Sour

Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Named for a city the French inhabited in India from 1674 to 1956, this tart, shaken cocktail spikes French apple brandy with Indian spices.


  • 3 cups Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 2 cups Chai Syrup
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Star anise (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 152
  • fat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.1 g
  • carbohydrate 15.8 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 1 mg
  • calcium 3 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a 2-quart container. Cover and chill 2 hours or up to overnight.

  2. Pour 1 cup of mixture into a 1-quart mason jar. Add ice until ice is just above the level of the liquid. Shake for at least 15 hearty shakes or until mixture is covered with white foam. Strain into glasses. Repeat procedure in batches with remaining mixture. Garnish with star anise, if desired.