* 2 ounces applejack
* 1 ounce fresh lime juice
* 1/2 ounce grenadine
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shake and shake until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. No garnish.
Now depending on the source, your Jack Rose recipe may use lemon in place of the lime you see here. I’m following David Wondrich’s lead and using lime, but Anvil, among others, makes this drink with lemon.
All these other people just might be on to something though — I had to do a good bit of finagling to get something drinkable out of this recipe. At these proportions, the lime was extremely tart. This was partly due to my use of pomegranate syrup instead of grenadine; this syrup is not nearly as sweet as a store-bought, HFCS-laden grenadine. Your own house-made grenadine, of course, will likely differ.
So anyway, I think I ended up with something close to an extra 1/2 ounce of applejack and an additional 1/4 ounce of syrup, in order to balance out the lime. The drink is quite good though, and worth the extra effort. The applejack and lime work well together, as long as you can sweeten it just enough. I’m curious to see how it tastes with lemon. It’s definitely something I’d like to play around with, using either lemon or lime and different syrups.