The Jack Rose classic cocktail in its simplest form uses the same formula as the basic Daiquiri and Margarita. The ratio is 2:1:1/2. This ratio is a great starting point for many drinks. The formula renders a slightly sour or tart drink with subtle sweetness. It’s easy to add a little more sweetness if needed.
Jack Rose Classic Cocktail Recipe
The basic Jack Rose cocktail recipe definitely leans toward sour if you’re using a light grenadine touch. I find homemade grenadine to be a little less sweet than commercially purchased grenadine. The cocktail comes across as light and fresh with nice color. Applejack is a nice change of pace from the usual summer Daiquiri. Though I don’t care for super sweet drinks, the Jack Rose needs just a pinch more sweetness. I made my drink with 3/4 ounce grenadine rather than the measurement listed in the ingredients. You could go as much as 1 ounce grenadine depending on your sweetness preference.
2 ounces Applejack
1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Grenadine
Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Jack Rose Irish Whiskey Variation
There’s always room for substitution and experimentation where cocktails are concerned. The Jack Rose is no different. This version uses Irish Whiskey as the base spirit with remaining equal parts Calvados, lime juice rather than lemon juice and grenadine.
Irish Jack Rose
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounce Calvados
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Grenadine
Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at email@example.com.