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10 December 2011 @ 08:24 pm
I finally got around to stopping by BevMo and picking up a bottle of Jameson whiskey, and made a glass of johnny jump up! :)

It tastes pretty interesting, not really better than regular cider (though Magner's not really my favorite cider to begin with) but certainly a bit different. I'll have to try it again with Hornsby's sweeter cider makes any difference.

I still want to try one of the "hardcore" ciders that's fermented to 40 proof or something insane line that though.

Edit: Okay, a little searching has revealed two things. One, that i could just freeze distill a bottle of cider myself, and two, that such a beverage is often referred to as "applejack" and BevMo theoretically has some! I may have to investigate one or both possibilities :)
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Pava: Osaka Sez!jmpava on December 11th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
I believe you have a typo in your link. Here's the correct one: Applejack
cwendy41cwendy41 on December 11th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
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DonAithnen: OmgPonies!donaithnen on December 11th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, the one episode i've seen so far seems to indicate they do quite a lot of things with apples besides just eat them :)

Besides, i'm starting from a store bought bottle of cider, so the damage has already been done ;)
Steuardsteuard on December 11th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Huh: I didn't know that Johnny Jump Up was real. You learn something every day. :)
DonAithnen: Historydonaithnen on December 11th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well the history is dubious. There's a second hand story from the original author of the song that during WW2 one or more cider companies in england recycled whiskey barrels to age cider with as part of the rationing. Some of the whiskey that had seeped into the barrels seeped out again, making the whiskey stronger. It seems somewhat dubious that the barrels could have absorbed enough whiskey to do anything more than influence the taste, but as usual once the idea was out there it didn't stop people from trying to recreate it "for realz." On the other hand there's a less well known competing legend that he had a buddy who either owned a pub or worked at a cider brewery, and the song was just written to help boost cider sales :)

Of course Applejack has much longer and more verifiable history (waits for some more responses from coraa and pava ;)
Kimchalgaryn on December 11th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
If you at all liked the video that Steuard linked to, Sligo Rags is a favorite band of ours that is based in Orange County. (And one of the lead singers eventually realized that I looked familiar because he taught my high school AP Psych class. I had totally failed to recognize him out of context.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, cool. Are you familiar with Emerald Rose? I'm not sure if they ever make it out to your area or not, but they're certainly located a lot closer to me than you :)