5 cl Calvados
1 cl Monin Grenadine
2 cl Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
The origins of the classic calvados cocktail Jack Rose is another subject of heated controversy among cocktail historians since it’s exact origins are shrouded in mystery.
The Jack Rose, a solid classic, is probably the most well-known cocktail based on a foundation of calvados. In addition to that, it also incorporates grenadine and lemon or lime juice. It enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s but has fallen out of favor since then, although it is entirely deserving of a come-back.
The name Jack Rose is itself a subject of legend. For example, a 1905 article in the National Police Gazette states that it was invented by Frank J. May, a restaurateur from Jersey City who owned Gene Sullivans’ Café. At one point, May also claimed the title ‘World’s Champion Mixologist.’ Albert Stevens Crockett, the author of Old Waldorf Bar Days, published in 1931, gave another explanation. He asserted that the Jack Rose was named after the pink Jacquemot rose, known then as Jacque Minot or Jacque rose.
The most likely explanation may be the combination of its rosy color with the ‘jack’ supplied by Applejack, as calvados was known in America at the time. However, a favorite theory amongst cocktail lovers recounts the story of its invention by the infamous Jacob Rosenzweig, or that the cocktail was named in his honor, since Rosenzweig was a popular Broadway character in his time.
Although he had once been a popular Broadway character, an article appeared in the local press suggesting that Rosenzweig’s negative media attention had put such a dent in the popularity of the Jack Rose cocktail that bartenders preferred to refer to the cocktail like the “Royal Smile.” The photo shows Rosenzweig around 1915.