DrinkWire is Liquor.com’s showcase for the best articles, recipe and reviews from the web’s top writers and bloggers. In this post, Boxes and Booze offers a cocktail inspired by the Jack Rose.


Here’s a fitting toast to a unique Australian puzzle maker who is actually a dentist in his real life. He makes people smile professionally and with his marvelously whimsical creations, including this wooden apple and orange. I imagine that the name of this old classic cocktail, “The Royal Smile”, will resonate with him. Based on another old classic, the “Jack Rose”, which I have featured previously, the Royal Smile adds gin to the delicious mix of apple brandy, lemon juice and grenadine. These drinks were popular in the era surrounding Prohibition, and the earliest recipe for the Royal Smile is found in the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, 1930. Some speculate that the Smile got its name when the gangster Jack Rose, for whom some also speculate the Jack Rose cocktail was named, did something unexpected, and made a deal with the state. He fell out of favor in the popular press and the drink was renamed. So one story goes – but we all know how unreliable cocktail lore can be. Here I’ve substituted the lemon juice for orange juice, so the cocktail has an apple and an orange, just this once, as a tribute to these tricky Australian puzzles. Either way, it will make you smile. Cheers!


The Royal Smile circa 1930
* The Juice of ¼ Lemon
* ¼ Grenadine
* ½ Applejack or Calvados
* ¼ Dry Gin
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


For the story behind these fruitful puzzle see:

Boxes and Booze: Fruits of Labor

For the original Jack Rose cocktail see:

You Don’t Know Apple, Jack!