My new bottle of Laird's Bonded called for the most classic apple brandy cocktail, the Jack Rose. This recipe dates back to Boothby's 1908 book, The World's Drinks and How to Mix Them. The 100 proof Laird's is essential here, as the drink is diluted considerably with the grenadine and lemon juice. About the grenadine, if you can't make your own, try to spring for the good stuff. Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. makes a great one (the bottle even has a recipe for the Jack Rose on the side), and I'm sure there are others. The stuff you'll find at the grocery store won't do. For the citrus juice, I go with lemon juice, though some recipes call for lime.
William Boothby, The World's Drinks and How to Mix Them
Adapted from the PDT Cocktail Book
- 2 oz. Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
- .75 oz. Lemon Juice
- .75 oz. Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine
Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe. No garnish.