Cocktails with Kate: Jack Rose


Another one of my favorites, if I see apple brandy on a drink menu the odds are about 50/50 on me ordering that drink.  I’m still waiting for an apple brandy barrel finished whiskey!!! The only downside of making this at home is you have to have homemade grenadine on hand for this.  Don’t buy any of that store bought shit, just don’t do it.

Jack Rose

  • 1 ounce of Calavados
  • 1 ounce of Laird’s AppleJack
  • 1 ounce of grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 ish tsp of molasses

Add all items to a shaker, fill with ice, shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your booty, then double strain into a coupe glass.  You really do need to shake the crap out of it though to thoroughly blend the molasses.  The molasses does change the color a bit, but I love the flavor of it in this cocktail.  And, I say a 1/4 ish of a teaspoon because molasses is a bitch to work with.

Let’s talk grenadine!  Homemade grenadine is nothing like the red cherry syrup-y stuff they sell at the store.  It’s made from pomegranate juice and super delicious and tart.  My pal, Tim, over @timmergund on the Instagrams told me his favorite recipe was from Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and since Tim is an expert on these sorts of things I listened to him and still use that recipe.  Click here for a handy dandy link it.  You can get all of those ingredients on Amazon if you’re feeling lazy.  Well, except the freshy fresh pomegranate juice, since I live in Oklahoma, I buy that closer to home.

Note: Calavados is just a fancy apple brandy, so you only have to use that if you’re feeling fancy.  Or,  just use it in first few drinks, if you’re making some for friends, they won’t even notice if you switch over to Laird’s later. (I speak from experience.) The cost is $30 versus $20.  Or, just use 2 ounces or Laird’s because you’re cost efficient, whatevs.



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