Bourbon and Coke, Deconstructed

One of my first go-to drinks was Coca-Cola and whiskey.  Whether the combination is  Jack Daniel’s and Coke or Maker’s Mark and Cola, the combination is an easy and tasty concoction, even if it lacked a certain upscale sensibility.  The recipe used below calls for Maker’s 46, but if you have a preference for something different then go for it.

Whether or not you tried last week’s blog post about the Manhattan, the coke and whiskey is an easy and quirky cocktail that’s sure to impress.  Although the recipe calls for making a coke simple syrup from scratch, it’s way easier than it sounds.WP_20160223_001[1]

2 oz. bourbon
1/4 oz. Coke simple syrup (recipe below)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Twist* of lemon (optional)

Fill a shaker with ice, add everything but the lemon, and wait until frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Shake for 10 seconds, then pour into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.

*How to make a twist: With a vegetable peeler, peel off a length of the lemon peel. It’s that easy! For bonus points, squeeze out some of the peel’s essential oils by “folding” it, causing the peel to spray out some of its fantastic citrus scent into the cocktail. Then twist the peel into a spiral.

For the Coca-Cola simple syrup:

1 part Coke
1 part white sugar


Pour the sugar and Coke into a pot. Bring to a boil on the stove. Turn off the heat once all of the sugar has dissolved. Let cool before storing or using.

Ready to drink!

You can see that I used a glass that’s just a tad too big for the amount of cocktail produced. Whoops!  Otherwise, how good is it?  It tasted like a well-made Old Fashioned, but with a bit of an herbal note.

If I were to repeat the recipe above, and to really get that bourbon and coke taste, I would increase the coke syrup for a stronger taste.

Ready to Drink!

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