Twists on Classic Cocktails from Salt Creek Grille – Princeton


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Salt Creek Grille’s twist on…

Intro to Aperol

Aperol, Italy’s very popular light spirit, finally arrived in the US in 2006. It boasts a rich, romantic Italian history: in 1919, the Barbieri family of Padua, who created Aperol’s original secret recipe, which was an infusion of more than 30 aromatic herbs and spices including bitter and sweet orange. To this day, the original recipe remains unchanged to this day. It was introduced as a breakthrough innovation as a spirit with an unusually low alcohol content of only 11%.

Due to its relative novelty in on these shores, Aperol cocktails are rare. However, the Pegu Club in New York innovated the Intro to Aperol to introduce its customers to a fun, refreshing aperitif. The intro version removes Angostura bitters from the Pegu Club’s recipe, allowing the zesty orange Aperol flavor—and sun-drenched color—to take center stage.

And without further ado, here’s Salt Creek Grille’s take on the Pegu Club’s Intro to Aperol.

The Introduction


1½ oz Aperol
¾ oz gin
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
Orange rind, for garnish


1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
2. Shake and pour into a short glass (or strain into coupe).
3. Garnish with an orange rind.

Jersey Jack Rose

Salt Creek Grille’s twist on…

The Jack Rose, a popular, Prohibition-era cocktail

Jack Rose was a crook who was notorious for using cunning and imagination to pin his crimes on others. Eventually Rose used the same guile and enthusiasm to go into the catering business. Legend has it, he came up with this cocktail, based on AppleJACK and the color is a telling ROSE-pink. Others have claimed it was invented by New Jersey’s own Joseph P. Rose, a world champion mixologist.

Either way, Laird’s AppleJack is making a comeback and the recipe for the Jersey Jack Rose, with its gorgeous color and triple-fruit flavor, is one you should have in the recipe book for the winter.


2 oz Laird’s AppleJack
½ oz house-made grenadine (equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar)
½ oz fresh lemon juice
Magners hard cider
Lemon rind, for garnish

1. Shake AppleJack, grenadine, and lemon juice with ice and strain into a martini glass.
2. Top with a float of the cider.
3. Garnish with a lemon rind.

You can order both of these cocktails at Salt Creek Grille – Princeton’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve special dinners. Salt Creek Grille will be celebrating Christmas with a special Christmas Eve menu designed by new Executive Chef Luis Estrada. You’ll be able to enjoy all of Salt Creek Grille’s signature mesquite grilled favorites and more, including baked goat cheese marinara, lobster and shrimp pappardelle, coffee encrusted New York steak and butterscotch pot de crème. Also, you can ring in the New Year in style with Salt Creek Grille’s New Year’s Eve dining options. There are three to choose from, with prices starting at $75 for hors d’oeuvres, an open bar til 1 a.m. and music provided by Rainbow Fresh. To book for either of these events, please call 609-419-4200.