Classic Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe – Perfect for Festive Occasions

Classic Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe - Perfect for Festive Occasions

Discover the perfect balance of applejack, grenadine, and citrus in this beloved vintage Jack Rose cocktail.

The Jack Rose cocktail is a true gem from the Prohibition era, celebrated for its sophisticated blend of flavors. This drink has graced the pages of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” and earned its place among the essential cocktails in David Embury’s renowned 1948 book, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”.

Our version of the Jack Rose pays homage to Stanley Clisby Arthur’s adaptation, featured in his 1937 guide “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How To Mix ‘Em”. This recipe combines the robust character of Laird’s Applejack with the sweet-tart notes of homemade grenadine and fresh lemon juice, finished with a dash of Peychaud’s bitters for added complexity.

The homemade grenadine elevates this cocktail to new heights. While you can use a high-quality store-bought version, crafting your own is surprisingly simple and rewarding. Our recipe features a harmonious blend of pomegranate juice, sugar, and a touch of orange blossom water, resulting in a syrup that’s leagues above commercial alternatives.

Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or new to the world of classic drinks, the Jack Rose is sure to impress with its perfect balance of sweet, tart, and boozy notes. Let’s dive into this timeless recipe and bring a taste of cocktail history to your home bar.

Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 ounces Laird’s Applejack
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine, preferably homemade
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Laird’s Applejack, grenadine, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and Peychaud’s bitters. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, or until the mixture is well chilled. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass. To garnish, twist a strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its essential oils, then rub the rim of the glass with the peel’s skin side. Discard the twist and serve your Jack Rose immediately for optimal flavor and temperature.

Homemade Grenadine Recipe

For an exceptional Jack Rose, try this easy homemade grenadine:

  • 2 parts pomegranate juice (such as POM)
  • 1 part white sugar
  • Orange blossom water to taste

Combine the pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture just below a simmer, then reduce the heat to maintain a temperature where it’s evaporating but not bubbling. Continue cooking until the syrup reduces and reaches a deep purple color with slight rust-colored edges. Remove from heat, transfer to a clean container, and add orange blossom water to taste. Allow to cool completely before using. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Expert Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the brightest flavor. Pre-squeezed or bottled juice won’t do this cocktail justice.
  • Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer for about 10 minutes before serving to keep your drink colder for longer.
  • Experiment with different types of bitters to create your own unique twist on the classic Jack Rose.


  • Apple Brandy Jack Rose: Substitute the Applejack with Calvados for a more pronounced apple flavor.
  • Maple Jack Rose: Replace the grenadine with real maple syrup for a fall-inspired version.
  • Spiced Jack Rose: Add a dash of cinnamon or allspice dram for a warming touch.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
191 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 94mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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