Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey is still mellowed through stacks of sugar maple charcoal, just as it always has been. This process, coupled with aging in specially made white oak barrels, gives it the trademark smoothness that lends itself to fabulous drink concoctions. Since Jack Daniel’s whiskey works with sweet, sour and bitter mixers, cocktails made with this old favorite are sure to please everyone at the party. And while its 80-proof alcohol content means it’s sure to add a kick to any drink, fans agree that its mellow flavor is what keeps them coming back for more.
You can’t miss with Jack and Coke. This cocktail is cited as a classic among all types of drinkers, from bikers to college students to rock stars and liquor snobs. Purists insist on no substitutions; only Coca Cola will do. Coke’s effervescent sweetness makes it a perfect match for the signature Jack Daniel’s charcoal-mellowed flavor. Mix one part Jack with three parts Coke over ice in a highball glass and garnish with a lime to enjoy a perennial favorite. Variations include adding a teaspoon of vanilla for a Jack and Vanilla Coke, or substituting Cherry Coke for regular to make a Jack and Cherry Coke.
Another much-loved Jack Daniel’s concoction is the Lynchburg Lemonade. Prefab mixes are available, as well as individual drink-sized bottles with the liquor already in them. While they may taste perfectly good, long-time fans insist on mixing their own for that delicious taste of summer in a glass. To make the real thing, blend one part Jack Daniel’s with one part sour mix, and one part Triple Sec in a tall glass. While the classic garnish consists of cherries and a lemon wedge, some fans get creative and top with orange slices and other random fruits to taste.
The Manhattan’s 130-plus-year-old history makes it a classic among classics. The cocktail owes at least some of its popularity to its adaptability. Whiskey options include bourbon, Canadian and Tennessee varieties, as well as rye, the old-school choice. While some recipes use more or less vermouth, this is also a matter of personal taste; use a higher ratio of vermouth to whiskey for a sweeter drink. To make the Jack Daniel’s brand’s own take on the Manhattan, mix 1 1/2 parts Jack Daniel’s with a half part vermouth and a dash of bitters with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve it straight up, topped with a cherry.