"Hunger is good discipline." -Ernest Hemingway

The Jake Rose

EH 6949P If I had to describe The Sun Also Rises in one word, it would be: drunk. Granted, given that Hemingway based this novel on true events and real people, maybe I should be surprised that alcohol, spirits, revelry, and/or general imbibification aren’t mentioned in these 250 pages more than 217 times.

If you haven’t read The Sun Also Rises, allow me to bring you up to speed:

Hemingway’s first novel is considered a quintessential work of the Lost Generation and continues to captivate modern audiences. Its legacy can still be seen from stage  to screen, and believe it or not, even Google Maps.

drankGiven Hemingway’s penchant for alcohol, I felt it only appropriate to pair this book with a cocktail. I mean, after all, the guy does have an entire  recipe book devoted to his love affair with liquor.

The traditional Jack Rose includes only three ingredients: apple brandy, lime juice, and grenadine. However, in To Have and Have Another, Philip Greene presents a recipe found in a 1922 book Barflies and Cocktails co-authored by Harry MacElhorne, owner and bartender of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Since Hemingway was known to frequent this bar during his Paris Years, Greene suggests that the drink I replicate here is actually Hemingway’s Jack Rose. And really, it ought to be yours too. While the traditional Jack Rose is little more than a glorified Whiskey Sour, this drink, the Jake Rose (see what I did there?), is aromatic, complex, and lush. Any time you find yourself romantically frustrated, this drink will be your sweetheart. She’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and she’s got enough personality to entertain you into the wee hours.

“Stopped at the Crillon. George made me a couple of Jack Roses. George’s a great man. Know the secret of his success? Never been daunted.”

And, should you ever find yourself daunted by a Hemigway-sized hangover, refer to the scientifically-approved cures below. Cheers.

Jake Rose

(From To Have and Have Another
  • 1 1/2 oz. applejack or Calvados
  • 3/4 oz. dry gin
  • 3/4 oz. orange juice
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/3 oz. French vermouth
  • 1/3 oz. Italian vermouth
  • Grenadine to color (about 1/3 oz.)

Shake well with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with twist of lime or lemon peel.

Quick tip: No chilled cocktail glasses? No worries. Fill with ice water and place in freezer while you’re making your drinks. Glasses will be icy by the time you’re ready to pour.

3 comments on “The Jake Rose

  1. creole61
    March 4, 2014

    Nice! Glad you’re enjoying To Have and Have Another!

    • Emeliorations
      March 29, 2014

      Thanks, I really am! Can’t wait to keep drinking my way through Hemingway’s words.

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