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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?


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  1. 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. Whiskey sauce for bread pudding?

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

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      1. re: jerryc123

        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. 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

          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.