It’s almost not worth sharing a recipe for the Jack and Coke, since the recipe is pretty much built into the name of the cocktail. But this drink is so popular, it must be mentioned.
The Jack and Coke is popular with young drinkers because the strength and acquired taste of the whiskey gets diluted in the ten ounces of cola. This cocktail gives you the alcoholic kick without an overwhelming amount of the whiskey flavor.
That’s not to say you can’t taste the whiskey at all. That charcoal flavor comes through. The other notes from the whiskey blend in with the Coke, but they’re still there.
But the strongest flavor is definitely the cola. And that makes this a very enjoyable drink.
Because of that, it’s popular in dorms and in bars frequented by college students. But don’t let that put you off. It’s a perfectly good cocktail for serious, grown-up drinkers, too.
While this is popular with beginner drinkers, plenty of more sophisticated drinkers enjoy the Jack and Coke, too. For one thing, it’s just delicious.
But it also slows down your consumption of alcohol and rehydrates you as you go. And that’s an advantage if you’re spending a night out dancing, for example.
There is some debate about whether you should make this drink with Diet Coke. Some people actually prefer diet because regular Coke adds more sugar than they like with their whiskey.
For others, diet cola is their normal soda of choice and they like the flavor of it. So that makes it their go-to in cocktails, too.
And, of course, some people hate this drink with Diet Coke and believe it’s a heresy to drink it that way. But you should drink it with whatever version of cola you want, whatever tastes good to you.
Just one note of caution: if you do choose to use diet cola in any drink, it makes cocktails more potent. That’s because it’s like drinking on an empty stomach compared to a cocktail full of sugar.
It will literally give a higher breath alcohol content and make you more drunk. So don’t plan to knock back a bunch of Jack & Diet Cokes at a bar and then drive home. That would be a bad plan.
If you enjoy the Jack and Coke, you should also check out the Lynchburg Beer, which blends Jack Daniels with root beer instead of cola. And then there’s also the Jumpin’ Jack Black, featuring Jack Daniels and blackberry brandy.
Want to pair this one with food? That’s almost too easy. Just enjoy it with any meal you’d enjoy with a Coke. Burgers, steaks… just about anything will work.