HAPPY HOUR: Jersey Jack Rose


Sifting through recipes for tonight’s big party? Impress your guests and serve the “Jersey Jack Rose” courtesy of Pat McMenamin of the Salt Creek Grille in Princeton, NJ.

Jersey Jack Rose
An adaptation of the “Jack Rose,” a popular Prohibition-era cocktail.

Jack Rose was a crook and was notorious for using cunning and imagination to pin his crimes on others. Eventually Rose used the same guile and enthusiasm to go into the catering business. Legend has it, he came up with this cocktail, based on appleJACK and the color is a telling ROSE-pink. Others have claimed it was invented by New Jersey’s own Joseph P. Rose, a world champion mixologist.


2 oz. Laird’s Apple Jack
.5 oz. House-made Grenadine (equal parts POM Wonderful Juice and sugar)
.6 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Magner’s Hard Cider


1. Shake Apple Jack, Grenadine, and Lemon Juice with ice and strain into a martini glass.
2. Top with a float of the cider.
3. Garnish with a lemon rind.

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