Tonight's Cocktail - Jack Rose

Larry Trask / Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 7:41 a.m. / Cocktail

John Steinbeck is, of course, one of the giants of American letters.  Successful in his own time, Steinbeck was the recipient of a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize and, in 1962, the Nobel Prize for Literature.  In addition to penning such novels as Tortilla Flats, Of Mice and Men and The Grapes Of Wrath, Steinbeck was a celebrated screenwriter, receiving an Oscar nomination for Hitchcock's Lifeboat


In addition to his prowess behind the typewriter, Steinbeck was well-regarded in his time for his ability to handle a cocktail.  Or two.  In celebration of the man and his art, tonight during The Cocktail Hour (6pm), we'll be featuring the Jack Rose, a cocktail composed around applejack.

Applejack, also known as "Jersey Lightning" because of its state of origin, is a brandy made, unsurprisingly, from apples.  Similar to, but more proletarian than, Calvados, applejack is a high-test (100 proof) spirit.  For a classic Jack Rose, we recommend Laird's brand.

Jack Rose

2 oz. Laird's applejack
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/4 oz. grenadine

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.