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andytee Oct 12, 2009 04:24 PM

I recently had the bottom half of a handle of Jack Daniels passed off to me. I'm not a big fan but will surely find a way to drink it - curious if anyone has suggestions.

I don't much like it in a Manhattan, prefer rye there, but find it makes an OK whiskey sour. Would love some other mixing tips, though I'm not interested in Jack and Coke or other soda-based options.

Those of you who like Jack, tell me what you like to do with it. Those of you who don't like it much, how would you use up a bottle?


  1. yarm Oct 15, 2009 09:08 AM

    The Saratoga is an 1800's recipe that might deal well with Jack although I usually use rye or bourbon:

    On the more modern side, the Sinatra Smash was designed for Tennessee whiskey:

    And an Algonquin is a favorite of mine:
    2 oz Whiskey
    1 oz Pineapple Juice
    1/2 oz or 1 oz Dry Vermouth
    Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
    (I usually go 2:1:1/2 since it was the first one I made, but the 2:1:1 recipe is prevalent and will be drier and more herbal. The one with less vermouth will be better for unsweetened pineapple juice).

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    1. re: yarm
      andytee Oct 15, 2009 11:26 AM

      Thanks, great tips, esp. the Algonquin which seems like a good fir for Jack. Sinatra Smash also looks lovely and I can see the Tennessee Whiskey fit, but I can't seem myself drinking anything with muddled blackberries until next spring. Will keep it in mind whether or not the Jack is still around then.

    2. jerryc123 Oct 14, 2009 07:54 PM

      Whiskey sauce for bread pudding?

      That would make a lot of sauce.
      For a lot of pudding.

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      1. re: jerryc123
        andytee Oct 15, 2009 07:56 AM

        Good idea though, thanks - Jack does fine for cooking, love to make some hard sauce, and can use it in the kitchen in other ways too!

      2. invinotheresverde Oct 13, 2009 08:48 AM

        It's not a personal favorite for me, either, but I bet you could add some to hot cider. We usually use bourbon, but Jack isn't a super stretch.

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        1. re: invinotheresverde
          andytee Oct 13, 2009 10:34 AM

          Great idea, thanks.

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