Jack Rose

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I love the day before Thanksgiving. David and I are usually packing bags and getting ready to drive to Ohio and spend time with family. The anticipation of seeing everyone, eating and drinking together, playing games while it’s cold outside and Christmas being just around the corner-it all fills me with a warm, happy glow. As Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest drinking night of the year, I thought I’d post a tasty apple cocktail we made earlier this month. It’s Autumn flavors would please most everyone, and on top of its easy drinkability, it is pretty to look at. Whatever you may be doing for Thanksgiving, I wish you a lovely day tomorrow with much merry-making. ♥

adapted from: Death & Co
makes: 1 drink

1 ounce St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy
1 ounce calvados, like Busnel VSOP Calvados*
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce Grenadine
garnish: 1 apple fan*


Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish with the apple fan.


My apple fan is not one to aspire to, I am still learning how to make these look effortless. The idea is to cut the apple into quarters, then cut away enough of the straight edge to remove the core. Slice the apples lengthwise into 1/8 inch crescents and rub them with a lemon to prevent browning. To make the fan, stack 4 or 5 thin apple slices and skewer them through one end with a cocktail pick.

* If you don’t have Calvados, and extra ounce of apply brandy will suffice.

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