The kids are back in school, so it's time for a refresher course in classic cocktails. One of our favorites is the Jack Rose—a simple but sublime mix of applejack, grenadine and fresh lime juice. In the 1920s and '30s the Jack Rose was one of the more popular drinks, right up there with Manhattans and Martinis, and makes a guest appearance in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. If you can't find applejack (Laird's makes a popular version), feel free to substitute apple brandy or calvados. With just the right amount of tart and sweet, the Jack Rose makes a perfect transitional cocktail from summer to autumn. And those three simple ingredients make it an easy fix for a moms' night at your place. Enjoy!
1 1/2 ounces applejack
1/2 ounce grenadine
Juice of half a lime
Slice of apple or lime wedge (optional)
Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.