October is proving itself to be a good month for food and drink holidays! Coffee, beer, mulled cider, and now an entire month devoted to both apple and applejack. For the uninitiated, applejack aka “Jersey Lightning” is one of North America’s oldest native liquors and was originally produced by colonists freezing hard cider to increase the alcohol content. Now-a-days, only one major commerical company, Lairds out of Scobeyville, New Jersey (the holder the #1 distiller liscence in 1780), remains.
Since this is a month-long celebration, the first installment will cover one of the oldest as well as one of the most well-known applejack based cocktails:
The Stone Fence
- 1 oz Laird’s applejack
- 1 oz dark Rum
- Hard Cider
Build in pint glass with 1 or 2 ice cubes, fill with hard cider
The Jack Rose
recipe from Laird & Co.
- 1 oz. Lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. Grenadine
- 2 oz. Laird’s AppleJack
- Dash of egg white, if desired
Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, or serve over ice.
For more information: see Imbibe Magazine’s article on Applejack.