Jack Daniels (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 of what to mix with Jack Daniels.

What is the flavor profile of 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,

What can be mixed with Jack Daniels?

Two glasses with JD and mixer

Here are a few excellent mixers and cocktail ideas that work well with this delicious spirit.

Coca-Cola

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:

  • ¾ fill a rocks glass with ice
  • Pour in 35 ml (1 ½ ounces) of Jack Daniels
  • Add 15 ml (¾ ounce) of coffee liqueur and top with cola
  • Stir gently
  • Add cherry for garnish

Apple Juice

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:

  • Fill ¾ of a highball glass with cubed ice
  • Pour in 50 ml (2 oz) of Jack Daniels
  • Top up with apple juice and garnish with apple slices

Ginger Ale
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:

  • Fill ¾ of a highball glass with cubed ice
  • Pour in 50 ml (2 oz) of Jack Daniels
  • Top with ginger ale and garnish with a wedge of lime 

Lemonade

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:

  • Fill ¾ of a highball glass with cubed ice
  • Pour in 35 ml (1½ oz) of Jack Daniels
  • Add 12.5 ml (½ oz) Triple sec and 12.5 ml (½ oz) fresh lemon juice
  • Top up with lemonade and garnish with a lemon slice

Lemon-Lime Soda

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:

  • Half fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 50 ml (2 oz) of Jack Daniels, 22.5 ml (¾ oz) lime juice, 7.5 ml (¼ oz) sugar syrup and 15 ml (½ oz) Chambord
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds
  • Pour the liquid into a highball glass that is ¾ full of ice
  • Top with lemon-lime soda
  • Drizzle some Chambord around the top of the drink and add raspberries to garnish

Soda Water

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.