Jack Daniels (aka JD) Tennessee Whiskey is one of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks.
It’s no wonder — it has a delicious sweet flavor with plenty of caramel, vanilla, and oak present.
Not only can Jack Daniels be enjoyed straight, but it can also be used to make some incredible cocktails and blends well with a range of mixers.
This article will share a few ideas on what to mix with Jack Daniels.
Jack Daniels meets all of the requirements of an American bourbon whiskey but there is some argument over whether it is one or not (but that’s a story for another day).
It is made in Tennessee using a mash bill that is at least 51% corn, along with malted barley and rye.
It is then distilled in large copper stills.
The distillate is aged in American white oak barrels for at least two years.
The key difference separating Jack Daniels from other bourbon whiskeys is that it is filtered through sugar maple charcoal before bottling.
This process strips the bourbon of some of its harsh flavorings, creating a smooth and easy-to-drink bourbon.
This technique, called the “Lincoln Country process”, is why Jack Daniels is often called a Tennessee whiskey instead of a bourbon.
The dominant flavors in Jack Daniels include caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, oak, lemon, corn, molasses, smoke, bananas, nuts, a hint of spice,
Here are a few excellent mixers and cocktail ideas that work well with this delicious spirit.
Coca-Cola is perhaps the most popular mixer to have with Jack Daniels.
It adds an effervescent sweetness to your drink, along with some darker flavors like molasses.
To have a Jack and Coke, simply add 3 parts Coke with one part Jack Daniels in a highball glass with ice.
You can garnish with a slice of lime (optional).
Another great recipe using cola is the Jack in Black:
Apple juice can add a delicious combination of tartness, acidity, and sweetness to your drink.
One fantastic recipe incorporating apple juice and Jack Daniels is the Apple Jack.
To make one:
Ginger Ale has a powerful flavor that works well with Jack Daniels. It adds a hint of sweetness, along with a lot of “zing” from the ginger.
One great recipe using ginger ale is the Gentleman & Ginger:
Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks in Tennessee.
You can often find residents enjoying a glass while sitting on their verandahs on a warm afternoon.
Lemonade also works well with Jack Daniels, as it adds a crisp and clean flavor to your drink.
If you want to give lemonade a try, make a Lynchburg Lemonade:
Similar to lemonade, but a bit sweeter, this mixer is quite refreshing and works well with Jack Daniels.
You can simply mix 3 parts of lemon-lime soda with 1 part of Jack Daniels in a highball glass with ice.
If you are interested in something a little more sophisticated, try the Raspberry Lynchburg:
If you really appreciate the flavor of Jack Daniels and don’t want it altered too much by mixers, you can always opt for soda water and ice.
This mixer won’t get in the way of the delicious flavors of the spirit.