A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 20, 2016
Apple Jack Downing (cocktail)

"Apple Jack Downing” is the name of a cocktail that was created in April 2016 to celebrate the history of Orange County, New York. The drink was named for American landscape designer and horticulturalist Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852), who was born in Newburgh, New York.  Coincidentally, an important fictional character in the 1830s was Major Jack Downing, the creation of American humorist Seba Smith (1792-1868) of Maine.

The “Apple Jack Downing” cocktail was created by mixologist Donnan Sutherland from Soons Orchard in New Hampton; Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun and consultant Matthew Kierstead from Milestone Heritage Consulting created the idea. The cocktail contains apple cider, peach schnapps and applejack brandy, with an apple slice garnish.


Wikipedia: Andrew Jackson Downing
Andrew Jackson Downing (October 30, 1815 – July 28, 1852) was an American landscape designer, horticulturalist, and writer, a prominent advocate of the Gothic Revival in the United States, and editor of The Horticulturist magazine (1846–52). Downing is considered to be a founder of American landscape architecture

Wikipedia: Seba Smith
Seba Smith (September 14, 1792 – July 28, 1868) was an American humorist and writer. He was married to Elizabeth Oakes Smith, also a major writer and feminist, and he was the father of Appleton Oaksmith.

Born in Buckfield, Maine, Smith graduated from Bowdoin College in 1818 and then lived in Portland, Maine. He edited various papers including the Eastern Argus and then founded the Portland Courier and edited it from 1830 to 1837.

He was one of the first writers to use American vernacular in humor. His series with the New England character Major Jack Downing was popular after its start in 1830.

OCLC WorldCat record
The life and writings of Major Jack Downing : of Downingville, away down East in the State of Maine
Author: Seba Smith
Publisher: Boston : Lilly, Wait, Colman & Holden, 1833.
Series: Library of American civilization, LAC 12074.
Edition/Format: Book Microform : Microfiche : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Letters of Major Jack Downing [pseud.] of the Downingville Militia, Second Brigade : to his old friend, Mr. Dwight of the New-York d aily advertiser.
Author: Seba Smith; Charles Augustus Davis
Publisher: New York : Harper & Bros., 1834.
Edition/Format: Book Microform : Microfiche : English

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Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley
April 4, 2016 near Newburgh, NY ·
Introducing the “Apple Jack Downing,” the signature cocktail of the 2016 Historic Tavern Trail in Orange County. Featuring local ingredients and named in honor of the legendary pomologist Andrew Jackson Downing.

Hudson Valley News Network
2016 Historic Taverns of Orange County Series
Posted on: April 13, 2016.
Posted by: Kathy Welsh
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“We received a wonderful response during last year’s Tavern Trail events and look forward to building on that success in 2016,” Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun said. “Guests this year will have an opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about historic venues in Orange County and try the ‘Apple Jack Downing,’ a new signature cocktail featuring local ingredients.”

Times Herald-Record (Orange County, NY)
2016 Historic Tavern Trail starts in Newburgh
Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM
NEWBURGH – Take a journey to Orange County’s most historic inns and restaurants during the 2016 Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley, which kicks off on April 29 at the North Plank Road Tavern in Newburgh.
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The 2016 Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson River Valley features its own signature cocktail, the “Apple Jack Downing.” The cocktail, made with locally produced applejack brandy and apple cider with an apple slice garnish, is named for Andrew Jackson Downing, born in Newburgh in 1815. Downing was a famous horticulturalist who influenced American architecture and landscape design, and died a hero in 1852 while rescuing victims of a Hudson River steamboat accident. The “Apple Jack Downing” cocktail is the creation of mixologist Donnan Sutherland of Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Soons Orchards, New Hampton.

Epoch Times (Orange County, NY)
Orange County Gets its Own Historical Drink
Will debut with unique recipe and local ingredients with start of Tavern Trail series

By Holly Kellum, Epoch Times | April 27, 2016 AT 5:01 PM Last Updated: April 27, 2016 5:01 pm
Andrew Jackson Downing, a famous 19th century landscape designer and horticulturist who lived in Newburgh, now has a drink named after him, the first signature drink of the Historical Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley series, the County announced April 13.

The Apple Jack Downing as the drink is called, is made from ingredients grown in the county and was created by mixologist Donnan Sutherland from Soons Orchard in New Hampton.

Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun said she and a consultant Matthew Kierstead from Milestone Heritage Consulting came up with the concept, but let the mixologist create a recipe that he felt was quintessentially Orange County before naming it.
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The drink has apple cider, peach schnapps, applejack brandy and a slice of apple as garnish.

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Orange County Tourism NY shared Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley’s album.
May 25, 2016
All aboard! Sip an “Apple Jack Downing” and kick off Memorial Day Weekend on the Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley.

Posted by Barry Popik
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