Jersey Drinks: The Jack Rose

Edison gave us the light bulb. Atlantic City gave us saltwater taffy.  Trenton gave us pork roll. But, Newark gave us the Jack Rose.  Although not a drink heard to be ordered often in a bar, the Jack Rose has been a staple in American history. Often drank during the time of prohibition and endured by those of “The Lost Generation.”  The drink was even mentioned in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Noted for being a drink to unwind with at the end of a hard day, there is no clear answer for who invented such a historic drink. It has been said the drink’s name may have been based on the pink Jacqueminot rose, a beautiful rose that is dark pink, almost red in color, the same color as the drink. Or, that the Jack Rose was created by, or simply named after, the infamously dangerous hitman Jack Rose. It could also be that this famous drink was named after Joseph P. Rose who once owned a restaurant in Newark. Rose was also once a first-class bartender and had the title of “World’s Champion Mixologist.”

Regardless of the creator the Jack Rose is a must try.  With a sour apple flavor, and the rich color, the Jack Rose is a sophisticated drink that helps anyone breathe that exhale of relaxation that can only be heard at five o’clock on a Friday night.

For all the men out there who are thinking, “There is no way I am going to be seen with a pink cocktail that gets served in a martini glass.” Well, grow up, and accept the fact that the taste is worth it. If that doesn’t work, just remember the badass hitman or famous mixologist who was manly enough to make such a delicious drink.

How to make a Jack Rose:

2 ½ oz. Applejack brandy

¾ oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ oz. Grenadine

Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

By Emily Golloub

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