Calvados Jack Rose Cocktail

This 3 ingredient Jack Rose cocktail with Calvados is the easy apple drink you’ve been dying for.

Jack and Rose? Like Titanic?

That’s the first place my mind went. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where the character names came from, but I have no way of asking the writers of the movie Titanic, so we’ll just have to speculate. What we don’t have to speculate on is whether or not Jack could have survived on that door.

We’ll you’ll never want to let go of this cocktail because it’s so damn delicious.

Where Does The Name Jack Rose Come From?

There are several origin stories out there for the Jack Rose. The most shared story is that it was named after a gambler and murderer, known as Bald Jack Rose.  It’s an entirely plausible theory, however, there’s another that it was invented by a Word Champion Mixologist in Newark, New Jersey named Joseph Rose invented it. Either way, the first documented appearance of the Jack Rose Cocktail was in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

A Jack Rose is a simple, 3 ingredient cocktail made with apple brandy, lemon juice and grenadine. This Jack Rose, however, is made with Calvados.


What Is Calvados?

Calvados is simply apple (or pear) brandy that comes from the Normandy region of France, which is known for its apple orchards. Each region has it’s own method of distilling calvados, however it is always aged in oak casks. Just like fine wine, the longer calvados ages the better the liquor.

How Do You Make A Jack Rose Cocktail?

Easily! Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 2 ounces of calvados, 3/4 ounces of lemon juice, and 3/4 ounces of grenadine.

How To Make Grenadine

Did You Know That Grenadine Is Pomegranate Simple Syrup? Click The Photo Above To Find Out How To Make It In Minutes.

Shake the shaker until well chilled and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple fan if you’re feeling fancy.

This recipe requires a little something special.  Here’s a list of what you will need:

Calvados Jack Rose Cocktail

This 3 ingredient Jack Rose cocktail made with Calvados is the easy apple cocktail you've been dying for.

Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Brandy Cocktail, Apple Cocktail, Calvados Cocktail, Fall Cocktails, Gluten Free Cocktail, Thanksgiving Cocktails
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 Cocktail
Author Matt Cetta


  • 2 Ounces Calvados
  • 3/4 Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Ounces Grenadine


  1. Shake calvados, Lemon Juice, and grenadine with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  2. Garnish with an apple fan.

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4 comments on “Calvados Jack Rose Cocktail

  1. That color!

    • Thanks, Sue!

  2. Yum! And thank you, too, for the homemade grenadine recipe.

    • You’re Weclome! Homemade Grenadine is SO much better than the mystery syrup you get at the store.

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