Calvados (France). 'Calvados is an apple brandy from the French region of Lower Normandy (Basse Normandie). It is sometimes abbreviated to Calva. Calvados is the basis of the tradition of le trou Normand, or "the Norman hole". This is a small drink of Calvados taken between courses in a very long meal, sometimes with apple sorbet, supposed to re-awaken the appetite. '