As I was scanning the cocktail tweets on Twitter today, I saw a reference to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (love her show) from @ethanethan. In the video (embedded below), Rachel is shaking a Jack Rose. I had to laugh out loud. I used to order Jacks at the Playboy Club in
The Jack Rose is a “classic American cocktail” that is at least 80 years old. I had read its name in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (a good book to read in your twenties) and decided to give it a try. (Actually, Hemingway got me into wine, too, but that’s another story…) It’s a great drink that’s easy to make, but you might not have everything you need, since the key ingredient is apple jack. Real apple jack is 100 proof. I dug around in my bar and managed to locate a bottle of Calvados (French apple brandy that’s a little more expensive than AJ) from Normandie, which will do in a pinch, as will any apple brandy. Don’t go too cheap on the apple brandy, though – it is the main ingredient.
2 oz Laird® Apple Jack or Calvados
½ oz Grenadine syrup
fresh squeezed juice of ½ Lime (½ oz )
Add the Apple Jack and Grenadine to a shaker full of ice. Squeeze in the lime juice. Rachel says to shake it until your hands are so cold they hurt, and then shake it some more. Who am I to argue? (This can, however, be tiring if you have an insulated shaker.) Pour into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, a slice of apple, or even a lime wheel.