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Nicholas Carey
04-03-2010, 02:27 PM
Here's one of our current favorites. A long forgotten oldie, but still a goodie, from the 1920s, the Jack Rose cocktail. How about yours?

Jack Rose

1-1/2 to 2 ounces apple brandy. Laird's 100 proof Straight Apple Brandy, Bottled In Bond is preferred. It's hard to find -- not even listed on the Laird's web site -- but quite tasty. The label is largely unchanged since the 40s. Oregon's Clear Creek Distillery produces an Eau de Vie de Pomme which is also quite nice but considerably more expensive than the Laird's (albeit cheaper than most Calvados brands).
1 ounce freshly-sqeezed lime juice.
1 ounce home-made grenadine. (see recipe below)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add above ingredient and shake it hard. Strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange peel.

Home-Made Grenadine

Real grenadine is a far cry from the cloying red sugar syrup that the stores have conned us into believing is grenadine. Real grenadine is a simple syrup made from pomegranate juice. It's quite easy to make:

1 quart pure pomegranate juice. Freshly squozen is best, but bottled will do if fresh pomegranates are out of season. Don't use pomegranate molasses, though. While quite tasty in its own right, it's a far different beastie than juice.)
1/2 pound demerara or other good raw sugar
1 tablespoon rosewater (see note below)
1 tablespoon orange-flower water (see note below)

Pour half of the pomegranate juice and the sugar into a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Don't let it boil. Add the remaining juice, the rose water and orange flower water. Mix well and decant into a clean bottle. Keep refrigerated. Adding a shot or so (1-1/2 to 2 ounces) of Everclear (190 proof ethanol) will help keep it fresh. Makes 1 quart.
Note. Orange-flower water and rosewater can be found at most middle-eastern grocery stores. The stuff made in Lebanon or Morocco tends to be the best. Better, though if you can find it are flower waters from France, like these (http://www.amazon.com/Orange-flower-waters-France-2x8-45fl-oz/dp/B002Q2VHKC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&m=A397IOD7Q88IPA&s=generic&qid=1270321000&sr=1-4). (The perfumeries around Grasse crank out flower waters as well as perfumes).

Orange-flower water and rose water are made from the steam-distilled petals of flowers. The essential oils (neroli and attar of rose, respectively) float to the top of the condensate. The essential oils are foundation stocks for perfume-making. The condensate is the orange-flower water or rosewater.

Orange-flower water is obtained from bitter oranges (Citrus aurantium). This is the same Seville orange used for making marmalade. Rosewater comes from old-fashioned damascus roses (Rosa damascena). Oddly, 85% of the world's rose oil comes from one valley, Rose Valley, between the Balkan and Sredna Gora ranges near Kazanlak, Bulgaria, but you never see rosewater from Bulgaria. Go figure.
For the Non-Drinkers in the House:
One of our 4 year old's favorite drinks is a glass of selzer water with some home made grenadine and a dash of Rose's lime cordial (sweetened lime juice) stirred in. I like it, too.

04-03-2010, 08:00 PM
Had a home-brewed Smoked Scottish Ale at the after-paddle get-together this evening, quite good!