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. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and also rich in flavor and potent in alcoholic strength.
Regular readers may be thinking here we go with the Aztec Chocolate Bitters again. It’s true. We do put them in a lot of our original recipes.
But you know what? That’s because they add such a terrific flavor. Once you get hold of a bottle, you may find yourself adding a few drops of them to all sorts of cocktails.
They taste like spiced chocolate, and that’s the flavor they add to a drink. It’s a good match with lots of cocktails.
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 order them on Amazon.
The bitters enhance the Grand Marnier’s orange flavor and add a hint of spice. If you like the effect, you can always use more than the recipe calls for.
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 Daniels whiskey without changing the whole flavor profile.
We’ve had questions about whether you can substitute a different orange liqueur for the Grand Marnier. You can, but they all have a slightly different flavor.
If you do substitute, be sure to pick an orange liqueur you like the flavor of. Cointreau and Patron Citronge Orange both work well.
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
The Jack’s Grand Ball cocktail tastes like an orange mocha with strong hints of honey. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and also rich in flavor and potent in alcoholic strength.
- 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.
- Shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.