If you're wondering how to drink Jack Daniels, there are plenty of ways to use this versatile whiskey. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is a great addition to many cocktails. It's also delicious straight up or on the rocks. Whether you're looking for a classic Jack Daniels drink or you'd like to try something original (or even mix up your own version of a Jack Daniels cocktail), it's a delicious spirit to give your drinks a little kick.
1. Jack Daniels Ginger Basil Julep
You've probably heard of the basic mint julep, which is a version of one of the oldest types of cocktails called a smash. You can make juleps with any type of whiskey or bourbon, so it's an ideal Jack Daniels cocktail. This is a twist on the mint julep, and it has the lovely fresh herbal flavors of basil with the bite of ginger. To make your own ginger simple syrup, follow a basic simple syrup recipe but add three one-inch pieces of peeled ginger root. Allow it to steep for 30 minutes and strain out the ginger before using. The recipe makes one cocktail.
- In a highball glass or julep cup, muddle the basil and ginger simple syrup.
- Add the whiskey and ice. Pack in as much finely crushed ice as you can. Stir to mix.
- Serve garnished with sprigs of basil.
2. Tropical Captain Jack
When Captain Jack sailed the tropical seas, he discovered that adding a little coconut cream to his whiskey made it really tasty. Or at least that's how this drink will taste. With a lovely balance of bitters, lime juice, coconut, and whiskey, you'll want to sail the high seas after drinking this tasty beverage. It's the perfect balance of sweet, sour, bitter, and boozy. It yields one cocktail.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, lime juice, bitters, whiskey, coconut cream, and ice. Shake to chill.
- Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a slice of lime or a grating of lime zest.
3. Salty Jack
With the sourness of grapefruit, a dash of grenadine for sweetness, a salty rim, and a tasty dose of Jack Daniels, this cocktail is a joy for your tastebuds. It makes one drink.
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt
- 2 orange slices
- ¾ ounces of grapefruit juice
- ¾ ounce grenadine
- 1½ ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
- Spread the salt in a thin layer on a plate.
- Run one of the orange slices around the outside rim of a rocks glass to wet the rim. Roll the rim of the glass through the salt to coat it.
- In a cocktail shaker, squeeze in the remainder of the slice of orange you used to rim the glass and toss the orange into the shaker. Add the grapefruit juice, grenadine, Jack Daniels, and ice. Shake to blend.
- Strain into the prepared cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with the second orange slice.
4. Vermont Jack
There is a symbiosis between maple and whiskey; in fact, many whiskey or bourbon distillers make maple syrup in old whiskey or bourbon barrels. So, combine these two flavors in a uniquely delicious cocktail that will remind you of Sunday morning pancakes with a kick. It makes one drink.
- ¾ ounce pure maple syrup
¾ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 dashes orange-flavored bitters
- 2 ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey or Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack
- 1 or 2 ice cubes
- Orange peel for garnish
- In an old-fashioned glass, stir together the syrup, bitters, orange juice, and whiskey.
- Add the ice cube.
- Squeeze the orange peel, skin side down, over the cocktail to release its citrus oils. Drop it into the cocktail for garnish.
5. Honey Jack Snakebite Shot
This simple alcohol shot has only two ingredients: Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey and preserved lime juice.
- ½ ounce Rose's lime juice
- 2 ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, whiskey, and ice.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into a shot glass.
6. Lynchburg Lemonade
This is a well-known Jack Daniels cocktail named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home of the Jack Daniels distillery.
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
- 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
- Lemon slices for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, Jack Daniels, and ice. Shake to chill.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with the lemon-lime soda and stir.
- Garnish with lemon slices.
7. Jack Daniels Tennessee Sour
This is a classic sour cocktail with the addition of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1½ ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
- ½ ounce egg white
- Finely grated lemon rind for garnish
- In a cocktail glass, combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters, whiskey, and egg white. Shake well.
- Add the ice to the shaker and shake again to chill.
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with some grated lemon rind.
8. Jack Daniels Manhattan
Dress Jack up for a big night in the Big Apple by adding Gentleman Jack to a classic Manhattan.
- 2 ounces Gentleman Jack
- 1 ounce sweet Vermouth
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Bourbon cherry for garnish
- Chill a cocktail or martini glass.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Gentleman Jack, Vermouth, bitters, and ice. Shake.
- Strain into the chilled cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with a bourbon cherry.
9. Tennessee Coffee
If you want a pick me up, then try this simple Tennessee Coffee based on the traditional Irish coffee recipe.
- 1½ ounce Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 4 ounces freshly brewed coffee
- Hand whipped cream (unsweetened)
- In a coffee cup, combine the whiskey and simple syrup. Stir.
- Add the coffee and stir again. Spoon the whipped cream over the top.
10. Tennessee Fire and Ice
This easy cocktail uses Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, a spicy cinnamon Jack.
- 1½ ounce Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire
- 3 ounces ginger ale
- Lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
- In a rocks glass, combine all the ingredients. Stir.
- Garnish with a lemon and/or lime wedge.
Classic Mixed Drinks to Make With Jack Daniels
Of course, you can always enjoy Jack Daniels with a splash of water, in an old-fashioned, or by itself neat or on the rocks. Gentleman Jack is especially delicious as a sipping whiskey. However, Jack also plays well with others and would make a great whiskey for any of the following cocktails.
Jack Daniels Mixers
If you're looking for a quick and easy drink to make, then you're probably wondering what to mix with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky. You can use these mixers and a bit of ice to make a quick cocktail, or use Jack Daniels and mixers as a starting point for your own creations.
- A splash of water or soda water
- Lemon-lime soda
- Ginger ale
- Apple cider (hot or chilled)
- Cranberry juice
- Sour mix (and water)
- Lemonade or limeade
- Apple juice
- Sweet tea
- Ginger beer
- Root beer
- Cream soda
The Perfect Gentleman for Every Occasion
Whether you enjoy Jack Daniels by itself or in any of the above delicious Jack Daniels cocktail recipes, Jack is always the perfect gentleman - even when you're looking for something with a kick.