The Jack’s Grand Ball cocktail is a Mix That Drink original built around Jack Honey. To it, I added a touch of Tia Maria, Grand Marnier and a dash or two of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters. The result is something like an orange mocha with strong hints of honey.
My regular readers are probably thinking, “Aw, man, here she goes again with the Aztec Chocolate Bitters.” I know. I put them in a lot of the recipes I create. But you know what? That’s because they add so much. It’s like adding a few drops of dark chocolate to a recipe. I just can’t resist the temptation.
In this drink, the Aztec Chocolate Bitters enhance the chocolate notes from the Tia Maria. If you can’t find Chocolate Bitters in your area, you can use orange or Angostura bitters. Those will tend to enhance the Grand Marnier’s orange flavor rather than the chocolate, but the effect isn’t a huge shift, and it’s very delicious whichever way you go.
This is definitely a sweet cocktail. If it’s a little too sweet for you, you can replace a half-ounce of the Jack Honey with regular Jack Daniel’s whiskey without changing the whole flavor profile.
If you enjoyed this one, you should also check out Jack Honey & Grapefruit, which combines Jack Honey and red grapefruit juice, or Club Honey, which is simply Jack Honey and club soda. Both of those are less sweet than this one, with the grapefruit juice in the Jack Honey & Grapefruit adding some wonderful tartness.
Jack’s Grand Ball Drink Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces Jack Honey
- 1/2 ounce Tia Maria
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- Dash or two of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in all ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.