Jack and Coke Cocktail Drink

Jack and Coke

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Jack and Coke recipe provides the essential ingredients for a flawless cocktail. It’s simple to make and ensures every drink is spot-on.

Jack and Coke Recipe

Chill out with this classic Jack and Coke recipe! Crafted with Jack Daniel's Whiskey and Coca-Cola, this refreshing drink is a timeless favorite.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

148 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 4 oz Coca-Cola
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Jack Daniel's: Pour 1½ oz Jack Daniel's Whiskey over the ice.
  • Add Coca-Cola: Top with approximately 4 oz Coca-Cola.
  • Garnish: If desired, drop in a lemon or lime wedge for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Jack Daniel's Whiskey: I've swapped out Jack for other types of bourbon or even dark rum. The flavor profile changes, but it's a fun experiment. If you're looking for something smokier, try Scotch whisky.
  • Coca-Cola: Pepsi or RC Cola can be used if you're out of Coke. Some even prefer the taste of these alternatives.

Making a Pitcher of Jack and Coke:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, you'd need 12 oz of Jack Daniel's Whiskey and 32 oz of Coca-Cola.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the whiskey and cola. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Jack Daniel's Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative; several brands have been popping up lately.
  • Coca-Cola: Simply use regular Coca-Cola, or if you'd like a non-caffeinated version, look for caffeine-free Coca-Cola.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! A standard Jack and Coke is inherently vegan. However, always check the labels for additives in non-standard whiskey or cola versions. Some might contain animal-derived coloring or flavoring agents.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
148
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
3
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Jack and Coke Cocktail Drink

Jack and Coke Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Chill out with this classic Jack and Coke recipe! Crafted with Jack Daniel's Whiskey and Coca-Cola, this refreshing drink is a timeless favorite.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 148

Ingredients
 

  • oz Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 4 oz Coca-Cola
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Jack Daniel's: Pour 1½ oz Jack Daniel's Whiskey over the ice.
  • Add Coca-Cola: Top with approximately 4 oz Coca-Cola.
  • Garnish: If desired, drop in a lemon or lime wedge for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Jack Daniel's Whiskey: I've swapped out Jack for other types of bourbon or even dark rum. The flavor profile changes, but it's a fun experiment. If you're looking for something smokier, try Scotch whisky.
  • Coca-Cola: Pepsi or RC Cola can be used if you're out of Coke. Some even prefer the taste of these alternatives.

Making a Pitcher of Jack and Coke:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, you'd need 12 oz of Jack Daniel's Whiskey and 32 oz of Coca-Cola.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the whiskey and cola. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Jack Daniel's Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative; several brands have been popping up lately.
  • Coca-Cola: Simply use regular Coca-Cola, or if you'd like a non-caffeinated version, look for caffeine-free Coca-Cola.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! A standard Jack and Coke is inherently vegan. However, always check the labels for additives in non-standard whiskey or cola versions. Some might contain animal-derived coloring or flavoring agents.

What is a Jack and Coke?

Jack and Coke is a blend of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey and Coca-Cola. Recognized worldwide, this drink’s appeal lies in its simplicity and the perfect balance between the robust whiskey and the sweet, effervescent cola. The cocktail’s name reflects its components, making it clear and uncomplicated for anyone ordering at the bar. While some drinks require a detailed dance of ingredients, this drink stands out for its directness.

A side shot of a Jack and Coke cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone plate placed on a light grey table surrounded by a straw, two lime wedges and a lime

What is a Jack and Coke made of – The ingredients

The recipe includes the following ingredients:

  • Jack Daniel’s Whiskey: The main spirit in the cocktail, it provides the bold, oaky flavors that form the backbone of the drink.
  • Coca-Cola: A sweet and effervescent soda that adds the necessary carbonation and sugary notes, complementing the whiskey’s warmth and depth.

Whiskey and cola laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Jack and Coke?

Make your own Jack and Coke by following our straightforward steps:

1
<p>Start by filling a Highball glass with ice cubes to chill the drink and ensure it remains refreshing.</p>

Start by filling a Highball glass with ice cubes to chill the drink and ensure it remains refreshing.

2
<p>Pour in the desired amount whiskey, typically around 1½ oz.</p>

Pour in the desired amount whiskey, typically around 1½ oz.

3
<p>Top off the glass with Coca-Cola, usually about 4 oz, adjusting to your taste preference.</p>

Top off the glass with Coca-Cola, usually about 4 oz, adjusting to your taste preference.

4
<p>If you like, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge to add a citrusy accent.</p>

If you like, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge to add a citrusy accent.

5
<p>Enjoy your Jack and Coke!</p>

Enjoy your Jack and Coke!

Jack and Coke in a Can, and what’s the price?

Navigating the shelves for a pre-mixed Jack and Coke can be a breeze if you know what you want. The standout, of course, is the official “Jack Daniel’s & Cola” from the Coca-Cola Company. A can of this blend guarantees the authentic taste of whiskey meshed perfectly with the iconic Coca-Cola fizz. It’s the real deal in terms of flavor, and the price sits comfortably at around $4 for a 12 oz can, depending on where you shop. Another notable mention is Cutwater Spirits’ “Whiskey & Cola.” While it doesn’t boast the Jack Daniel’s label, the flavor holds its own. If authenticity is your jam, the official “Jack Daniel’s & Cola” is the go-to. It delivers that tried-and-true taste every time, and the price is right on point for the quality.

Garnish

Garnishing elevates the drink from standard fare to a cocktail with flair. Begin with a high-quality, crystal-clear ice cube; it doesn’t just cool the drink but adds a visual element. A fresh slice of lime, squeezed and dropped into the glass, introduces a zesty kick, complementing the sweet cola and mellow whiskey notes. If you’re feeling a tad fancy, a twist of lemon peel can be a game changer. Express the oils over the drink, rub the rim of the glass with the peel, then drop it in. Not only does it give a pleasant aroma, but it also offers a hint of citrusy brightness with each sip.

A Jack and Coke cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a black stone plate placed on a light grey table surrounded by two lime wedges, a lime and a jigger.

Variations

Want to explore other options? Check out some of our favorites:

  • Jack and Cherry Coke: Infused with the taste of cherries, this combination brings a fruity twist to the classic, offering a hint of tartness that complements the whiskey’s warmth.
  • Jack Honey and Lemonade: Using Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, this mixture provides a smoother, sweeter profile, while lemonade adds a refreshing zest.
  • Jack and Ginger: Pairing Jack Daniel’s with ginger ale creates a spicier and more aromatic experience, making every sip a zingy delight.
  • Jack and Sprite: Introducing Sprite to the equation results in a lighter and crisper taste, thanks to the lemon-lime flavor of the soda.
  • Jack and Root Beer: This combo infuses the drink with vanilla and sassafras notes, creating a nostalgic, deep-rooted flavor sensation.
  • Jack Fire and Dr. Pepper: A cinnamon warmth takes center stage with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire. Partnered with Dr. Pepper, a symphony of 23 flavors dances on the palate.

A side shot of a Jack and Coke cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone plate placed on a light grey table with two lime wedges in front, and a lime and a jigger on the site.

History and Origin

The Jack and Coke, sometimes colloquially known as the “Lemmy” in homage to the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, has an origin that’s more of a gradual merging of popular ingredients rather than a pinpointed historical moment.

The story begins with the rise of Jack Daniel’s itself. Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel founded the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in the 1870s. By the early 20th century, Jack Daniel’s had become one of the most recognized whiskey brands in the U.S.

Concurrently, Coca-Cola emerged from its Atlanta roots in 1886. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist, created the beverage, and Asa Candler later acquired the brand, giving it a marketing push that saw it become an iconic American soft drink.

As both products grew in popularity, it was inevitable that they would eventually mix, especially during the era of Prohibition. During these dry years, from 1920 to 1933, people often sought ways to make the bootleg alcohol they could find more palatable. Mixing strong spirits with sodas like Coca-Cola became a common practice.

However, the formal association of Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola, specifically as a recognized pairing, took off after World War II. American soldiers stationed overseas had limited access to mixers for their spirits, and Coca-Cola was often the mixer of choice due to its widespread availability.

Upon returning home, many soldiers returned their acquired taste for Jack and Coke. The pairing cemented its place in American drinking culture during the 1950s and 1960s, as both brands engaged in aggressive marketing campaigns.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Jack and Coke?
It has approximately 200 calories, varying based on serving size and exact ingredients.
How strong is a Jack and Coke in terms of ABV?
The strength varies based on the ratio used. However, if mixed in a typical ratio of 1:5 (whiskey to cola), the ABV might be around 5-6%.
What is the proof of the alcohol used in a Jack and Coke?
Jack Daniel's Whiskey, the primary alcohol in the cocktail, usually has a proof of 80.
In what type of glass should a Jack and Coke be served?
This drink is traditionally served in a Highball glass.
What does a Jack and Coke taste like?
The drink offers a blend of the oaky and caramel notes of the whiskey combined with the sweet, effervescent flavors of Coca-Cola.
What is the recommended ratio of Jack to Coke?
A common ratio is 1½ oz of Jack Daniel's Whiskey and approximately 4 oz of Coca-Cola, but personal preferences can adjust this.
How is a Jack and Coke typically served in terms of ice and presentation?
The drink is usually served over ice, which means the ice is added to the glass first, then the whiskey and cola are poured over it.
How do I know if my Jack and Coke is mixed well?
A well-mixed Jack and Coke will have a consistent color, and the flavors of whiskey and cola should blend smoothly without overpowering the other.
What's a double Jack and Coke?
A double Jack and Coke is a cocktail made with twice the standard amount of Jack Daniel's whiskey combined with cola.
Can I use Coke Zero?
Yes, Coke Zero can be used, changing the drink’s calorie content and taste slightly.

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