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Sweet • Easy
Virgin Jack Rose

"A great Jack Rose is like biting into a tart apple,” says Natasha David, co-owner and head bartender at Nitecap  in NYC. As a new mother herself, de-boozifying cocktails is something she’s had time to consider. In her liquor-free take on the Jack Rose, David subs cider in for Applejack brandy. “By using good quality apple cider we're making sure that we get the most apple-y apple flavor balanced with our citrus and tart, home-made grenadine,” she says, adding that the lemon twist garnish helps tie all of those flavors together.

For the homemade grenadine, try our recipe for a hibiscus-infused version.

The Essentials

apple cider
lemon juice
The Details
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3 oz apple cider
1 oz lemon juice
.75 oz grenadine
Lemon twist, for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.