Jack & Coke: The Right Mix

jack&cokeJack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola may seem simple and unsophisticated to some people, but it’s damn good, and there’s five ways to mix it for five different tastes. It’s convenient, too, as Jack and Coke is one of the few great drinks that doesn’t require fresh ingredients, and is ready to pour at a moment’s notice.

Jack and Coke

  • 2 ounces Jack Daniel’s No. 7
  • 8 ounces Coca-Cola

— Fill a tall or Old Fashioned glass with ice. Pour in the whiskey. Gently pour in the Coke.  Garnish with nothing. This is a very balanced mix of Jack & Coke.  Ask your bartender for a 4 : 1 ratio or mix. The mixes with 7 ounces and 9 ounces of Coke weren’t good, for some reason, but the Golden Mean of 8 ounces was predictably, perfectly balanced.

Pro Jack & Coke

  • 2 ounces Jack Daniel’s
  • 6 ounces Coca-Cola

This mix is recommended by the Jack Daniel Distillery, and brings the fine taste of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 to the forefront.  Strong, but not too strong.  It’s a 3 : 1 mix.

Smooth Jack & Coke

  • 2 ounces Jack Daniel’s
  • 10 ounces Coca-Cola

There’s just a hint of the taste of whiskey.  A 5 : 1 mix.

Strong Jack & Coke

  • 2 ounces Jack Daniel’s
  • 2 ounces Coca-Cola

I like this one a lot, it has a slight caramel taste.

Coca-Cola from Mexico is bottled with sugar, and tastes better with alcohol than corn-syrup Coke. Many drinkers will enjoy Jack with a splash of Coke.  What’s a splash? It’s a bartender’s one-count, and since a 4-count is an ounce, that’s about ¼ ounce.

Other Whiskey?

Jack Daniel’s just has the right stuff, and it’s better than other whiskey, even expensive Bourbons, when mixed with Coke.   The only whiskies that come close are Wild Turkey 101 and Crown Royal.

Found this American Icon at Schneider's of Capitol Hill.
Found this American Icon at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, my favorite liquor store ever.

In England, this drink is called JD & Coke, and in the rest of Europe it’s a Whisky Cola.  Serve a glass of cold water with every drink, to reduce consequences.