The Jack Rose cocktail gets its name from a play on the word Applejack brandy and the lovely rose colored hue of the sip. Applejack brandy is an all-American spirit dating back to the Pilgrims, and in colonial circles was the in-crowd’s drink of choice. One of the best Applejacks comes from the garden state of New Jersey’s Laird & Company, known for jamming twenty pounds of apples into each bottle.
With roses in full bloom, I was inspired to share this smooth, slightly sweet sip for our happy hour this week. In fact, if you have them in your garden, a petal or two makes for the perfect garnish. And don’t fret that adding a bottle of Applejack to your bar will be for just this one cocktail. It’s actually versatile enough to be used in place of whiskey in loads of cocktails including the classic Manhattan or the Jack and Ginger (using Applejack in place of Jack Daniels Whiskey). Grab a glass, your shaker, and enjoy!
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine all of the ingredients and stir until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass or coupe and enjoy.