The Jack Rose Cocktail
There’s something deeply satisfying about an apple. The combination of the sweet and the tart. The crunch of that first bite, and the soft flesh inside. Apples have always been one of my favorite fruits, and I relish the idea of bringing them to one of my other favorite things – cocktails!
The Jack Rose is an absolute classic. It has appeared in hotel bars for over a century, and has even shown up in the writing of Ernest Hemmingway. It’s made in the traditional sour style, using the 2:3/4:3/4 ratio, as you’ll see below.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
3/4oz fresh lemon juice
3/4oz simple syrup
Apple slice and/or cherry for garnish
Combine the Applejack, lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine in a cocktail shaker along with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with a cherry and/or apple slice.
If you want to fancy things up a bit, you could (and really should) use homemade grenadine (I was just being lazy). Homemade grenadine is a simple mixture of 1 part sugar to 1 part pomegranate juice. (Correction: this post originally called for simple syrup to pomegranate juice. What you actually use is just plain sugar. Make grenadine just like you’d make simply syrup, using pomegranate juice instead of water.)
You could also use Calvados (apple brandy) instead of Applejack, though if you prefer a sweeter drink, you might want to up the simple syrup to 1oz in that case.
Let me know what you think.