The recipe is right there in the drink’s name, but there’s perhaps slightly more to it than throwing two liquids any which way into a glass in order to execute it optimally. The Whiskey & Coke is as simple a two-ingredient drink as cocktails get, but ingredients and proportions still matter.
As the drink’s name implies, its two components are Coca-Cola or any cola of your choice (though Coke’s relatively high acidity renders it a particularly good match against the liquor), plus any whiskey, though Jack Daniel’s seems to be by far the most popular option—which is then called, yes, a Jack & Coke or even a Lemmy, for the Motörhead frontman notoriously fond of the drink.
You should feel free to adjust the proportions to your liking. Many drinkers new to imbibing prefer to drink it from a pint glass, with a couple of ounces of whiskey barely making a dent flavorwise against the Coke’s sweetness, while others prefer it much more spirit-forward. The quantities below represent a starting point for you to try and then change as you like.
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- 2 ounces whiskey
- Coca-Cola, to top (4-6 ounces, to taste)
- Garnish: lemon twist (optional)
Add the whiskey into a double rocks glass over one large ice cube or a highball glass filled with ice.
Top with the cola and stir briefly and gently to combine.
Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.
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