Royal Jack

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves2
  • DifficultyEasy
60ml applejack, blended apple brandy
30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp homemade grenadine, recipe follows
90ml brut Champagne
Sliced or diced apple or red apple peel

For the homemade grenadine

475ml unsweetened pomegranate juice
165g granulated or turbinado sugar
1) Fill a cocktail shaker or small jug with ice. Add the applejack, lemon juice and grenadine. Cover and shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds (in general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up).

2) Strain into two Champagne flutes. Top each drink with 45ml of Champagne and garnish with the apple.

For the homemade grenadine:
1) Put the pomegranate juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over a high heat.

2) Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the sugar to dissolve thoroughly, and simmer to thicken slightly. Cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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