Jack Rose (cocktail)

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Jack Rose
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Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish

cherry, apple slice

Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 2 parts applejack
  • 1 part lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 part grenadine
Preparation Traditionally shaken into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up.

Jack Rose is the name of a classic cocktail, popular in the 1920s and 1930s, containing applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice. It notably appeared in a scene in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 classic, The Sun Also Rises, in which Jake Barnes, the narrator, drinks a Jack Rose in the Crillon Paris hotel bar while awaiting the arrival of Lady Brett Ashley.

The Jack Rose is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.


The Jack Rose appears in literature as early as Cartoons magazine: Volume 8 - Page 480 by Henry Haven Windsor in 1915

"When the first applicant appeared, "Tad" said: "Of course, I want a man who can speak French, play pinochle, curry a horse and make a Jack Rose cocktail." "Well, I can do 'em all and still have a few tricks up my sleeve,"

There are various theories as to the origin of the drink. One theory has the drink being named after, or even invented by, the infamous gambler Bald Jack Rose.[1] Albert Stevens Crockett (Old Waldorf Bar Days, 1931) states that it is named after the pink "Jacquemot" (also known as Jacqueminot or Jacque) rose. It has also been posited that the Jack Rose was invented by Joseph P. Rose, a Newark, New Jersey restaurateur, and named by him "in honor" of a defendant in a trial then being held at the courthouse in that city. (Joseph P. Rose once held the title of "World's Champion Mixologist.") However, the most likely explanation of the name is the fact that it is made with applejack and is rose colored from the grenadine. Harvey's Famous Restaurant in Washington, D.C. claimed to be the originator of cocktail.[2]

The cocktail has fallen out of fashion. In June 2003, the Washington Post published an article [1] that chronicled two writers' quest to find a Jack Rose in a Washington, D.C. bar. After visiting numerous bars, they were unsuccessful in finding one, ultimately buying a bottle of applejack for one of the few bartenders they encountered who knew how to make one.

With the craft cocktail movement on the rise, Jack Rose has regained some popularity.

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  1. ^ David Wondrich (2004). Esquire Drinks. Hearst Books. p. 192. ISBN 1-58816-205-2.  (see also Jack Rose recipe and history by David Wondrich)
  2. ^ "Harvey's Famous Restaurant menu". Retrieved 2012-12-15.