The Jack Rose was created sometime at the turn of the twentieth century, with several speculative origin stories. It is most notably written about in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 classic “The Sun Also Rises”, where Jake Barnes orders the cocktail at the Crillon Paris while awaiting the arrival of Lady Brett Ashley. It was also a favorite drink of author John Steinbeck.
This magenta cocktail is composed of applejack (or apple brandy), lemon juice, and gets it stunning color from the addition of grenadine. It is one of the six basic drinks written about in David A. Embury’s 1948 book “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”, along side other great classics: the Daiquiri, Manhattan, Martini, Old-Fashioned, and Sidecar. The Jack Rose hasn’t seen the same resurgence in popularity during the craft cocktail movement like the other classics, largely due to the lack availability of applejack, its key ingredient.
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