Ahh, the post of my dreams!
Being dilatory and a sluggard, it was only yesterday that I made an acquaintance with the good Doctor's posts, and may I say that now I weep for the days spent without his expertise!
Being a Michigan boy, the apple is a subject near and dear to my heart
And, finally, being a dramaturg and a drunkard, Applejack has been an area of interest for me for quite some time, waxing or waning depending on the project or book in which I am immersed at the moment.
Most recently this was upon rereading The Sun Also Rises
and being intrigued by (is it?) Bill Gorton's proclamation that he has "just drunk [insert improbable number
] Jack Rose
cocktails." Needless to say, an investigation was in order. I began with my trusty copy of David Embury
, and ended, inevitably, with eGullet's own Drinkboy
So, garden-variety Laird's applejack in hand, I mixed up a batch. I was about to put the insipidity of the resulting mess down to Lost Generation high spirits
...err, exuberance when I was struck with an inspiration: assuming that the Parisian barkkep would have substituted Calvados for the difficult-to-procure appleack, I reached for my bottle of Steve McCarthy's wonderful Clear Creek Apple Brandy
and quickly had to lips a refreshing new favorite!
So, I guess the point of this post is to call attention to that fine product (perhaps already addressed in the eau de vie thread?), and to urge consultation of Annie Proulx (yes, THAT Annie Proulx) & Lew Nichols' very useful book Sweet & Hard Cider: Making It, Using It, & Enjoying It
And yes, by all means let us encourage a revival of interest in this fine old American libation!
edited for spelling, to clean up a little formatting, and to apologize for my haste in posting now that I have seen that the Jack Rose is covered in Dr. Cocktail's book (of which I have just ordered a copy) and that Clear Creek is, in fact, mentioned on the eau de vie thread...
Hope the Proulx reference helps, though...
Edited by Cesar's Ghost, 31 October 2004 - 01:38 PM.