Applejack Rabbit

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (97 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Calvados / apple brandy / straight applejack
3/4 fl oz Orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Maple syrup
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AKA:

Applejack Dynamite

Review:

Apple brandy, orange and tart lemon enriched with maple syrup. Strike the perfect balance and this is a delicious combination. This cocktail's name alone suggests making it with American applejack brandy rather than French calvados, and when made with 45ml (1½oz) straight bottled-in-bond 50% alc./vol. applejack in place of the calvados, it's arguably a better cocktail.

Variant:

Old Vermont

History:

The Apple Jack Rabbit appears in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book and in David A. Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks where he tells us "This drink is also sometimes, for no reason at all, called the Applejack Dynamite. The same cocktail made with a gin base plus a dash of Angostura is called the Old Vermont."

THE APPLE JACK RABBIT COCKTAIL.
1 Hooker of Applejack.
The Juice of 1 Lemon.
The Juice of 1 Orange.
1 Hooker of Maple Syrup
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930

APPLEJACK RABBIT
1 part Maple Syrup
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Orange Juice
6 parts Apple Brandy
Shake with cracked ice.
Apple sugar may be used in place of maple syrup but has the same disadvantage that ordinary dry sugar has compared with a sugar syrup.
This drink is also sometimes, for no reason at all, called the Applejack Dynamite. The same cocktail made with a gin base plus a dash of Angostura is called the Old Vermont.

David Embury, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, 1948

Nutrition:

One serving of Applejack Rabbit contains 216 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 17.2% alc./vol. (34.4° proof)
  • 19.4 grams of pure alcohol
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