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Watch Steve make a Jack Rose cocktail and Paul some nuts, gently spiced.

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And what goes swimmingly with a Jack Rose? Why some spiced nuts. The sweetness from the dark brown sugar brightens your palate as it plays with the sea salt and the earthy spiciness of the mace and cumin. And with only one tablespoon of butter, you can feel a little better about serving your guests nice noshy nibbles with fewer calories.

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The recipe:

2 ounces applejack (American apple brandy)

1 ounce real grenadine

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake ingredients for 30 seconds in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Spiced Nuts

The recipe:

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw pecans

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground mace

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread nuts onto a cookie sheet or ceramic baking dish. Put in oven for about 15 minutes.

Mix the salt, mace, cumin, sand brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Melt the butter on stovetop. Set aside.

Once you smell the nuts, they are most likely done (do not burn). Remove from oven and add to a mixing bowl. Pour melted butter over nuts and mix thoroughly. Add spice mixture and mix thoroughly.

Pour nuts into a serving bowl and sprinkle any remaining spice mixture on top.

Serves 4–6.


This recipe does not call for a garnish, but a lemon twist might add a nice flourish. Be creative with your twists.

If you cannot obtain real pomegranate grenadine and only can find the syrup, use less, about 1/4–1/2 ounce per cocktail.

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The Jack Rose
A little bit sweet and a little bit sour. That’s how we like our Jack Roses. Truth be told, we ♥ the Jack Rose. David A. Embury in his seminal cocktail book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks touts the Jack Rose as one of the “six basic drinks,” a moniker bestowed on cocktails whose bases can be substituted for other spirits, thus creating new libations. Although his ratio of grenadine to lemon juice to applejack steered toward the sour side, we prefer to bump up the amount of grenadine and lessen the lemon juice. In our recipe, we call for real pomegranate grenadine, not the dark red syrup you pick up at your local grocery store.