I know I’ve declared March as ‘Mezcal Month,’ but I have been on an apple brandy kick lately. Apple brandy isn’t so commonplace anymore, but it has a tradition in this country going all the way back to our founding fathers. George ‘the Man’ Washington himself was a fan, and if it’s good enough for him…
Of the few actually producers of apple brandy left in the US, Laird’s, from New Jersey of all places is the oldest and most widely distributed. The spirit they label ‘Applejack’ is a cheaper blend of apple brandy and neutral grain spirits, and that’s not really what we’re here to talk about today,
What we want to discuss is Laird’s 100-proof Bonded Apple Brandy. This is only slightly more expensive than their Applejack, but is 100% pure apple brandy. They claim that 20 pounds of apples are used for each bottle. On its own, the high alcohol content tends to overshadow all them apples, but when its mixed into a cocktail it makes for one rich drink.
The classic apple brandy cocktail is the jack rose, mixing apple brandy with lemon or lime juice and grenadine.
1.5 Laird’s 100 proof Bonded Apple Brandy
.5 oz Grenadine (or 1oz if you like it sweeter)
.5 oz Lemon or Lime Juice (I prefer lime, personally)
Shake over ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.