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Jack Rose, Swank Cocktail #45

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The Jack Rose is cocktail number 45 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Jack Rose cocktail
Jack Rose cocktail

Jack Rose cocktail history

A 1905 article in the National Police Gazette credits Frank J. May as the creator of the Jack Rose:

“Frank J. May, better known as Jack Rose, is the inventor of a very popular cocktail by that name, which has made his famous as a mixologist. He is at present looking after the managerial affairs of Gene Sullivan’s Cafe, at 187 Pavonia avenue, Jersey City, N.J., one of the most popular resorts in that city. Mr. May takes an active interest in sports, and as a wrestler could give many of the professional wrestlers a warm augment.”

"An Athletic Mixologist; Wise Bartenders will Get Good Tips in This Column," (National Police Gazette. 22 April 1905), p. 14.
“An Athletic Mixologist, Wise Bartenders Will Get Good Tips in This Column,” National Police Gazette, 22 April 1905, p. 14.

Less than a decade later, cocktail offerings at swanky dinners included the Jack Rose as the cocktail gained popularity across the country.

"Ex-Governor Fort Chief Speaker at Sea Bright Dinner," newspaper article, Long Branch Daily Record (Long Branch, New Jersey, 7 Sep 1911, p. 3, col. 4.
“Ex-Governor Fort Chief Speaker at Sea Bright Dinner,” newspaper article, Long Branch Daily Record (Long Branch, New Jersey, 7 Sep 1911, p. 3, col. 4.
"Jack Rose Cocktail is the Latest in New York," newspaper article, The Daily Record (Columbus, South Carolina), 17 Aug 1912, p. 4, col. 1.
“Jack Rose Cocktail is the Latest in New York,” newspaper article, The Daily Record (Columbus, South Carolina), 17 Aug 1912, p. 4, col. 1.

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway mentioned the drink in The Sun Also Roses, published in 1926:

“…Brett did not turn up, so about quarter to six I went down to the bar and had a Jack Rose with George the barman.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, 1926, p. 42, chapter 6.

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, 1926, p. 42, chapter 6.
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, 1926, p. 42, chapter 6.

Rose ‘Général Jacqueminot’

A Jack Rose recipe appeared in Albert Stevens Crockett’s The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, published in 1935, on page 55:

Jack Rose (or Jacque Rose)

Juice of Lime
One-third Grenadine Syrup
Two-thirds Applejack

So called because of its pink color, the exact shade of a Jacqueminot rose, when properly concocted.

Jack Rose cocktail
Jack Rose cocktail
Jack Rose (Rose Jacqueminot) trading card, Goodwin & Company, 1890.
Jack Rose (Rose Jacqueminot) trading card, Goodwin & Company, 1890.

Jack Rose cocktail recipe

Jack Rose cocktail recipe
Jack Rose cocktail recipe

1 jigger Applejack, 1/3 jigger Grenadine, juice of 1/2 Lime. Shake well with ice & strain into glass.

Ingredients used:

  • Applejack
  • Rose’s Grenadine
  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice

Jack Rose cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸)

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸🍸

We went a little light on the grenadine, making the Jack Rose a bit tart with lime being the prevailing flavor, which we prefer. If you like a sweeter drink, go full in on the Grenadine. The Jack Rose is an easy-to-drink, pretty cocktail.

Next up… Cocktail # 46, Jamaica Ginger

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