Jack Rose Cocktail Drink

Jack Rose

A shot of Gavin Wrigley looking to the camera in a dimly lit room
Written by Gavin Wrigley

This Jack Rose Cocktail recipe is your ticket to a flavorful evening! It’s an easy-to-make drink that’s bursting with taste.

Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe

Make a Jack Rose cocktail with this quick recipe! Blend Calvados, grenadine, and fresh lemon juice for a vibrant drink, ideal for summer.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

141 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Calvados, or apple Brandy or straight Applejack
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist or maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.
  • Pour ¼ oz fresh lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Measure out and add ½ oz grenadine syrup as well.
  • Finally, pour 1½ oz Calvados into the shaker.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish with either a lemon zest (express it on top of the glass and drop it into the drink) or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Calvados/Applejack/Apple Brandy: Even though Calvados is our favorite option for this drink, you can actually use any type of Apple Brandy you’d like to make this cocktail.
  • Lemon/Lime Juice: If you’re missing one of those, you can use only lime or only lemon juice (in that case, use ¾ ounce in total). If you don’t have fresh citrus on hand, bottled lime and/or lemon juice can do the trick as well.
  • Grenadine: If you're out of Grenadine, you can use raspberry syrup as a substitute. Strawberry syrup can be used as well, but be careful as it usually has a more potent flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Jack Rose Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Calvados, 4 oz of Grenadine, 4 oz of fresh lemon juice and 2 oz of fresh lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the applejack, citrus juice, and Grenadine. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with a lemon zest twist or a maraschino cherry. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Calvados Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic apple cider as a substitute for the applejack. It won't have the same kick but will provide a similar flavor profile. You can also use kombucha (be careful to stir it well to remove the gas before shaking!) combined with a touch of cloudy apple juice to replace the Apple Brandy.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Grenadine: Grenadine is usually vegan, but make sure to check on the specific brand you use. Some non-organic brands may use sugar filtered through bone char during production and are not vegan§friendly for that reason.
  • Proceed As Usual: Check the label to ensure your ingredients are suitable for a vegan diet, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan Jack Rose Cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
141
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
28
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
4
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Jack Rose Cocktail Drink

Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Make a Jack Rose cocktail with this quick recipe! Blend Calvados, grenadine, and fresh lemon juice for a vibrant drink, ideal for summer.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 141

Ingredients
 

  • oz Calvados - or apple Brandy or straight Applejack
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist or maraschino cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.
  • Pour ¼ oz fresh lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Measure out and add ½ oz grenadine syrup as well.
  • Finally, pour 1½ oz Calvados into the shaker.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish with either a lemon zest (express it on top of the glass and drop it into the drink) or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Calvados/Applejack/Apple Brandy: Even though Calvados is our favorite option for this drink, you can actually use any type of Apple Brandy you’d like to make this cocktail.
  • Lemon/Lime Juice: If you’re missing one of those, you can use only lime or only lemon juice (in that case, use ¾ ounce in total). If you don’t have fresh citrus on hand, bottled lime and/or lemon juice can do the trick as well.
  • Grenadine: If you're out of Grenadine, you can use raspberry syrup as a substitute. Strawberry syrup can be used as well, but be careful as it usually has a more potent flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Jack Rose Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Calvados, 4 oz of Grenadine, 4 oz of fresh lemon juice and 2 oz of fresh lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the applejack, citrus juice, and Grenadine. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with a lemon zest twist or a maraschino cherry. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Calvados Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic apple cider as a substitute for the applejack. It won't have the same kick but will provide a similar flavor profile. You can also use kombucha (be careful to stir it well to remove the gas before shaking!) combined with a touch of cloudy apple juice to replace the Apple Brandy.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Grenadine: Grenadine is usually vegan, but make sure to check on the specific brand you use. Some non-organic brands may use sugar filtered through bone char during production and are not vegan§friendly for that reason.
  • Proceed As Usual: Check the label to ensure your ingredients are suitable for a vegan diet, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan Jack Rose Cocktail.

What is a Jack Rose Cocktail?

A Jack Rose Cocktail is a classic apple brandy-based cocktail made of Calvados, fresh lemon and lime juice, and Grenadine. It is not a variant of any other well-known cocktail but stands out for its unique use of apple brandy as a base spirit. The Jack Rose gained popularity during the 1920s and ’30s, and despite falling out of favor for some time, it has seen a resurgence in recent years as part of the classic cocktail revival.

What is a Jack Rose Cocktail made of – The ingredients

You’ll need these ingredients to mix up a Jack Rose Cocktail:

  • Calvados / Apple Brandy / Applejack: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing complexity and a solid apple flavor.
  • Lemon & Lime Juice: Adds a citrusy tang to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Grenadine: Gives the cocktail its signature pink color and adds a layer of sweet, fruity complexity.
  • Cocktail Cherry and Lemon Zest (for garnish): These make the drink visually appealing and add subtle hints of fruitiness.

Calvados, grenadine, lemon juice, lime juice, lemon, lime, and pomegranate laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Jack Rose Cocktail?

Learn the process of crafting a Jack Rose Cocktail with our detailed guide:

1
<p>Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside. This will chill the glass while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside. This will chill the glass while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>Squeeze half a lime and pour ¼ ounce of fresh lime juice into the shaker.</p>

Squeeze half a lime and pour ¼ ounce of fresh lime juice into the shaker.

3
<p>Squeeze a lemon and add ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice.</p>

Squeeze a lemon and add ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice.

4
<p>Add ½  ounce of Grenadine to the shaker. This sweet, pomegranate-based Syrup adds a touch of sweetness and a beautiful, rosy color to the cocktail.</p>

Add ½ ounce of Grenadine to the shaker. This sweet, pomegranate-based Syrup adds a touch of sweetness and a beautiful, rosy color to the cocktail.

5
<p>Finally, pour 1½ ounces of Calvados or apple Brandy into the shaker. This is the main ingredient of the Jack Rose cocktail and gives it its distinctive hints of apple.</p>

Finally, pour 1½ ounces of Calvados or apple Brandy into the shaker. This is the main ingredient of the Jack Rose cocktail and gives it its distinctive hints of apple.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Cap the shaker and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).</p>

Cap the shaker and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).

8
<p>Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).</p>

Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).

9
<p>Garnish with either a lemon zest (express it on top of the glass and drop it into the drink) or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.</p>

Garnish with either a lemon zest (express it on top of the glass and drop it into the drink) or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

History and Origin of the Jack Rose Cocktail

The Jack Rose Cocktail story goes back to the early 1900s. It first appeared in 1908 in Jacob Abrahan Grohusko’s “Jack Manual”, in a recipe featuring raspberry syrup, lemon & lime juice, orange juice, and cider brandy. It then appeared again in Jacques Straub’s 1914 “Drinks” in a version closer to the cocktail as we know it today, made of 1 part Applejack, ½ part lime juice and ¼ part grenadine syrup.

Regarding the drink’s name, its origin is disputed (as for many other classic cocktails): some credit it to an early 20th-century gangster called “Bald Jack Rose”, who became famous after acting as an informant in a notorious murder case in 1912 – and whose favorite drink appeared to have been applejack brandy with lemon and grenadine. Others connect it to Jersey City bartender Frank J. May, who was also known as Jack Rose and is credited with having invented (or at least dug up) this cocktail.

A Jack Rose cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a beige surface surrounded by Calvados, grenadine, lemon juice, lime juice, lemon, lime, and pomegranate

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FAQ

How many calories does a Jack Rose Cocktail contain?
A standard serving of a Jack Rose Cocktail contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used.
How strong is a Jack Rose Cocktail?
The strength of a Jack Rose Cocktail can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 16-18%. This translates to about 32-36 proof, making it a moderately potent cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Jack Rose Cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in a Jack Rose Cocktail is apple brandy (or Calvados) or straight Applejack. This gives the cocktail its distinctive apple flavor.
What kind of glass should you serve in a Jack Rose Cocktail?
Traditionally, you serve a Jack Rose Cocktail in a chilled coupe glass.
What does a Jack Rose Cocktail taste like?
A Jack Rose Cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The apple brandy provides a sweet, fruity base, while the lemon or lime juice adds a tangy kick. The grenadine syrup adds a layer of sweetness and gives the cocktail its signature rosy color.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Jack Rose Cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Jack Rose Cocktail is 3 parts apple brandy, 1 part lemon juice, 1 part Grenadine and 1/2 part lime juice. This balance ensures that no single flavor overpowers the others.
How do you serve a Jack Rose Cocktail with ice?
You usually shake all the ingredients with ice and then strain it into your glass, without the ice this time. This method chills the cocktail without diluting it too much, as serving it 'on the rocks' might do.
Who invented the Jack Rose Cocktail?
The origins of the Jack Rose Cocktail are somewhat murky, but it's widely believed to have been created in New Jersey during the early 20th century. Some attribute its creation to a notorious gangster named Bald Jack Rose, while others pin it on Frank J. May, a Jersey City bartender also known as Jack Rose.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Jack Rose Cocktail?
Absolutely! You can substitute the apple brandy with apple juice or non-alcoholic apple cider (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”). The key is maintaining the balance of sweet and sour flavors.

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