Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Cocktail Hour: Calling Dr. Jack

Hey there poodles! My own precious pooches delayed me somewhat with this cocktail hour.

I know, shocking! Moi', late with something?! Never!

Ok, always... this is the procrastinator's guide remember?

But being laid up with a little injury caused by said pooches got me thinking; what is an easy cocktail recipe that's quick to make and able to be mixed one handed?

And a true classic came to mind: Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 and Coca Cola. Both brands have been around since the 1800's. But from 1942 to 1946, during WWII, the US government banned whiskey. In 1947 production of Old No. 7 began again and has remained a popular Tennessee whiskey distillery.

Coca Cola first came on the soda fountain scene in 1886 for 5 cents a glass, and was sold as a patent medicine.  It was sold in bottles for the first time in 1894, and Coca Cola in a can became available in the mid 50's.

Jack and Coke, as it is commonly called, is considered a highball.  A highball is basically the name for any drink composed of a base of spirits with a larger proportion of non-alcoholic mixer. The name supposedly originated around 1898, meaning a dram of whiskey in a tall glass. A highball is traditionally served in a tall straight sided glass called a highball glass. Go figure?

So... being in some pain and only having one usable hand, my Father's voice came whispering in my ear. He used to quip when ill, "Nothing a little Dr. Jack can't cure." 

And I took his advice. One Jack and Coke coming up.

Toodles Poodles!

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