An apple brandy produced principally in the United States and France. A version produced in Normandy, Calvados, is of very high quality. Also known as "Jersey lighting" and "hard cider". Made from winter apples, a great deal of applejack produced in the Unites States is of the homemade variety, and thus of widely varying quality.
Applejack is a strong alcoholic beverage produced from apples, originating from the American colonial period. It is made by concentrating hard cider (as British cider, i.e., fermented alcoholic apple juice, is called in American usage), either by the traditional method of freeze distillation (see fractional freezing), or by true evaporative distillation. The term "applejack" derives from "jacking", a term for freeze distillation.