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Joe Collins Cocktail

The Joe Collins cocktail could be thought of as a very interesting twist on the Jack and Coke. It uses scotch instead of bourbon, which isn’t a big leap. But then it adds something really unexpected: sweet and sour – or, as I recommend instead, lemon juice and simple syrup.

Overhead view of Joe Collins drink with cherry

You probably already know how well citrus goes with cola – squeeze a lemon or lime into a cola sometime if you never have before. That’s what the lemon juice brings, and the simple syrup ensures it won’t be too sour.

Joe Collins drink with cherry
Joe Collins drink in tall glass with ice


  • 1 ounce scotch
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Coke

Pour the scotch into a collins glass over ice cubes. Add the lemon juice and simple syrup, and stir well. Top the rest of the way with the cola – stir just a little, or not at all. Toss the cherry on top.