Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: The Jack Rose

Pair this Applejack cocktail with Episode #68, "The Suitcase Murders."

By Gina Pace
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Martinis & Murder Cocktails: Jack Rose, Episode #68

For a murder that takes place in New Jersey, the Martinis & Murder team needed to sip on a cocktail that also comes from the Garden State.

The Jack Rose is a cocktail from the early 1900s, and people argue a bit over the origin — some think it was inspired by the gambler and gangster “Bald Jack Rose,” while other think it was named after a possible creator, Jersey City bartender Frank J. May, who was known as Jack Rose, according to folks over at Laird’s, a company which makes the main ingredient in the cocktail: Applejack, made right in Jersey.

Applejack is a variation on American brandy that was originally made in colonial times by leaving apple cider out to freeze and then scraping off the watery layer on top. The product by Laird’s is a little more sophisticated, but it’s a traditional company — it’s America’s oldest family-owned distillery now run by the eighth and ninth generation father-daughter team.

The strong drink goes down easy, in fact, Daryn Carp says it’s one of her favorites that Matt has mixed up for her. John Thrasher is glad Matt could mix up a drinnk that is at least the right color.


You’ll need it while listening to the case of Melanie McGuire, whose husband's remains were found in several suitcases, floating down the Chesapeake Bay. Here’s how to make it at home:

2 ounces Laird's Applejack
3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
Apple Slice


Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker unchild and strain into a cocktail class. Garnish with an apple slice.

[Video: Emily Spada]


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