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Recipes: Applejack cocktails

More than 300 years ago Scottish immigrant Alexander Laird operated a distillery in Monmouth County, N.J., beginning what would become a multi-generational business producing applejack, apple brandy and other spirits. By the 1970s the operations had relocated to Virginia, where today Laird & Company is America’s oldest family-owned, licensed distillery.

Jack Rose cocktail.LAIRD & COMPANY

Jack Rose

The Jack Rose is to Applejack what the Martini is to gin.


2 oz. Laird’s Applejack
3/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. Pomegranate Grenadine (see instructions below)


1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.

2. Add all ingredients and shake well.

3. Strain into a coupe/martini glass.

4. Garnish with a slice of lime (optional).

Pomegranate Grenadine

In a large pot, add 32 oz. of 100% Pomegranate juice and cook over medium high heat. Once liquid has reduced by half, add 16 oz. by volume of superfine or granulated sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool, store in a sealable container, and refrigerate.  

Apple Harvest Punch.LAIRD & COMPANY

Apple Harvest Punch


750 ml bottle Laird’s Applejack
1 liter spiced apple cider (see instructions below)
1 liter of club soda


1. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl

2. Stir well, then add a large cake of ice

3. Garnish with orange and apple slices for decoration

Spiced apple cider

Simmer fresh apple cider in a pot with cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks for 20 minutes. Let cool, then strain out spices. Keep refrigerated.

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First published on November 19, 2020 / 4:38 PM

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