I'm thinking this drink is supposed to give you a kick. It's strong. It's interesting to mix two spirits that I like quite a lot, rum and calvados (or applejack), but it certainly doesn't put any effort into covering up the fact that this is just a bunch of straight liquor mixed together.
2 oz. Bacardi
1 oz. Calvados
2 dashes Italian vermouth
This is a strong, dry drink. I have to say that I don't really see the appeal of this one. The vermouth isn't present enough to really give the drink very much character, as with a Martini or Manhattan, so it's really just drinking rum and calvados together. It's OK, but not something I'd probably come back to.
This post is part of a series working through some of the cocktails in a Danish bartender's notebook from the 1930s, Lommebogen. You can read more about this project in my initial post, or browse all Lommebogen posts.