Jack Rose: the perfect V-day cocktail

Humphrey Bogart I prefer my dozen flowers to be in the craft beer case variety.  That, or a Jack Rose (or two).

As you meander Denver tonight, stop in for a classic cocktail.  And if the bar is up to it, have them make a Jack Rose–one of the most understated classic cocktails out there.   Because it toes the line between gin and whiskey drinkers, this cocktails often goes without recognition.   Said best by Two Guys, One Drink, 60 Bars in their Searching for Jack feature in the Washington Post, “It was strong enough for a Real Man, yet smooth enough for a lady.”

Getting its prominent recognition from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (1926) where Jake Barnes orders himself this drink from George, Paris’s Crillon barman, waits, waits, and continues to wait for Lady Brett Ashley.  Unfortunately, the bitch never showed.  At least Jake got one, two, or maybe a few smooth, sweetish, but tart, refreshing cocktails under his belt.  The Jack Rose, along with many, many other cocktails was a favorite of Hemingway’s, Humphrey Bogart, and Errol Flynn.

Here is Colt & Gray’s specs for the Jack Rose.  Enjoy!

Jack Rose
Glass: Chilled Cocktail
Garnish: Lemon Twist

  • 1.75 oz Laird’s Applejack, or calvados
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz pomegranate grenadine
  • dash of Peychaud’s Bitters (Optional but recommended)

Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with plenty of ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


About Jess Hunter

Jess is a lady and a scholar. If she's not mulling over the various names of famous mustaches and their respective bitter cocktails, she's nibbling on American Craft Singles and Cantillon. Connect with her by email at jesshunter@denveroffthewagon.com.