The mixologists at the Independent Distillery introduced to us to a pre-prohibition cocktail that is perfect for the fall season.
Called the Jack Rose, it is an alluring elixir containing Laird’s Applejack, grenadine, and lemon. It was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, notably appearing in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 classic, The Sun Also Rises. It was also a favorite drink of author John Steinbeck.
Applejack is known as, “America’s First Spirit” and has been a part of American culture prior to earning our independence. Today, best described as an apple whiskey, Laird’s Applejack is a pure spirit beverage made from a blend of apple brandy and neutral grain spirits. Be sure to try it the next the next time you’re in.
You could also try a few of their Smashes which include their house-made 10 Botanical Gin such as the Pepino Fresco and Cherry Limeade. Smashes are made with your choice of spirit and fresh local produce, balanced with fresh squeezed juice and a splash of bubbles served in a LARGE mason jar. The Pepino Fresco features gin, cucumber, basil, lime, and soda; while the Cherry Limeade’s recipe includes gin, lime, house spifflicated cherries, and soda.
The other smashes on their menu are:
- Southern Belle: Bourbon, strawberries and peaches, lemon, and soda
- Super Saiyan: Rum, banana liqueur, orange juice, pineapple, and soda
- The Monsoon: Independent Distillery Vodka, fresh blueberries, mint, house-made lemongrass vanilla bitters, and soda.
- Drunk in Love: rum, watermelon, basil, lime, and ginger ale
Smashes are normally $12, but you can get them for ONLY $5, HERE.