Jack Rose

This all-but-forgotten Prohibition classic is made with applejack (or Calvados), fresh lime juice and grenadine (good quality grenadine), which sweetens the drink and gives it a rosy hue. As with many older cocktails, the Jack Rose’s origins are murky, though it was most likely invented in New Jersey, by either bartender Frank J. May or restaurateur Joseph P. Rose. The drink’s name is equally mysterious, referring to either the pink Jacquemot rose (a nod to the cocktail’s beautiful color) or the infamous gangster and gambler Bald Jack Rose. What is known for sure is that Ernest Hemingway was quite fond of the sweet-tart drink, as was author John Steinbeck. Another sure thing? It tastes fantastic and is worth reviving.

Jack Rose

Sweet, Sour


  • 2 oz Applejack
  • .25 oz Grenadine
  • .5 oz Lime Juice


Step one

Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker tin and shake.

Step two

Using a Hawthorne strainer and a tea strainer, double strain the rosy cocktail into a chilled coupe.

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