Jack Rose – Applejack Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz bonded apple brandy
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz grenadine preferably homemade


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine brandy, lemon juice and grenadine.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Jack Rose

The Jack Rose is an applejack drink made with grenadine and lime juice. It was popular during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s and makes an appearance in Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Sun Also Rises. As with so many other cocktails the history is murky and there are several stories surrounding its creation. My favorite is the one that attributes the cocktail to Jack Rose, an old-timey gangster.

Baldy Jack Rose a notorious member of New York City’s underworld in the early 20th century. He lost all of his hair including his eyebrows after contracting typhoid fever at the age of four. Mobsters, not known for their nuanced sense of humor, gave him the alias of Baldy. As the saying goes, fortune favors the bald, or something along those lines. At any rate, he was a prominent enough figure that he apparently had a cocktail named after him.

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