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Jack Rose cocktail
The Jack Rose: a short drink based on Calvados.

Recipe

For 1 person
4 cl Calvados
2 cl lemon juice
1 cl grenadine syrup

How to make

👉 shaker / 🥃 martini / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 4 mn
  1. Shake the Calvados, lemon juice and grenadine syrup with a few ice cubes.

  2. Strain into a martini glass.

History

The origin of the Jack Rose cocktail is unclear, there are a multitude of versions.

The first version says that the Jack Rose was invented around 1910 by Jacob Rosensweig (1876-1947), an American gangster nicknamed "Bald Jack Rose".

The second version attributes this cocktail to Frank May, an American bartender whose nickname was "Jack Rose".

Another version that seems to be discarded today says that this cocktail would have been created around 1920 or 1930 at the Colts Neck inn by Lisa Laird, ancestor of the Scottish Laird family. Lisa Laird was the companion of a certain Jack Rose, it is for him that she would have created this cocktail. The inn's bartender, Nelson Fastige, is said to have created the Apple Jack cocktail, a stronger version of the "Jack Rose".

Yet another version says that this cocktail was invented in the early 1800s by a Mr. Rose whose favorite cocktail was the Apple Jack.

Finally, Albert Stevens Crockett published "The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book" in 1934, for him the name of the cocktail evokes the color of a variety of rose: the jacqueminot rose.

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