AHP June Cocktails | Pimm’s (Winning) Cup + Jack and Coke

Today is Ed’s birthday! So we’re celebrating with his very favorite go-to cocktail, the Jack and Coke. For this month’s installment of our AHP Cocktail Series, we’re also sharing my choice, the Pimm’s Cup. We’ve added the word “winning” to it because our dance Nationals will be later this month! If you missed our first recipe, or want a refresher of why we do this in the first place, make sure you check out March’s Cocktail Recipes. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter! Our subscribers always get email reminders when these posts go live, and I always try to include a little something extra just for you.

Because Happy Hour is such a big part of our own lives, we want to share the love (hey, there’s a reason they call it happy!). Over the years, we’ve nurtured and developed our palettes. We’ve discovered which spirits we really love, how to mix them, and in some cases, come up with drinks that are completely our own.

AHP June Cocktails | Jack and Coke + Pimm’s (Winning!) Cup

So, once a month, for the rest of this year, we’re going to share two cocktail recipes with you. One will be a drink that I’ve chosen, and one will be Ed’s selection. Along with sharing the recipes, we will tell you why we love them, and how we make them our own. Whether or not you make them yourself, we hope that you will at least start adopting the theory of Happy Hour. Once a day, Monday through Friday, give yourself permission to turn worries off. This is our form of self-care, and we hope it helps you too!

And, of course, if you do make these, we’d love to see! Post your versions on Instagram and share using the hashtag #ahpcocktails.

Ed is turning another year older today! We will usually use any excuse for a celebration, but today we have an extra special official one! So, since today is all about Ed, our first cocktail recipe is his absolute favorite. The Jack and Coke is part of Ed’s personal branding! He loves it so much that we have actual Jack Daniels merchandise in our house (though I make him keep most of it in the garage!). He will usually make one at home after a rough day at work, or order one when we’re out for dinner. Unless it’s fancy. Then he will have a Manhattan before his Jack and Coke! Even though there’s really no recipe needed for this cocktail, it’s such a staple of his life that we had to include it.

My recipe choice for this month is hopefully a good luck charm for our dance National competition that will take place in Pensacola at the end of this month. Alex and his teammates have worked so hard leading up to their biggest competition of the year! Nationals is usually half dance, half vacation, and it’s our favorite event of the year! So make this one with us and wish the Dance Dynamics Memphis Company the best of luck!

AHP June Cocktails: Pimm's Cup + Jack and Coke

One thing to note when trying to recreate these drinks: Ed and I don’t usually measure. We prefer to eyeball it, then add in what we think it needs. Feel free to start with actual measurements, but don’t be afraid to tweak them to fit your own tastes!

Ed’s Jack and Coke Recipe

This one is super simple, ya’ll. Two ingredients. That’s all. But in order to make this Ed’s Jack and Coke, it has to be Jack Daniels, and it has to be Coca-Cola. And no lime. If he gets a Jack and Coke with a lime, the lime gets passed to me.

We did include actual measurements for the Jack and Coke newbies, but Ed likes his half and half. In fact, he pre-judges his drink based on the color of it. If it’s dark, he knows that there’s too much Coke. If it’s a light amber color, he knows it’s a good one! He also prefers a short glass. He would rather have to refill the glass more often than risk his drink having the wrong Jack to Coke ration or getting watered down!

Ed's Jack and Coke

Prep Time2 mins
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Jack Daniels whiskey
  • Coca-Cola

Instructions

  • Fill a whiskey glass with ice. Pour in the Jack Daniels. Top with Coke. Stir and enjoy!

Notes

Ed's favorite Jack Daniels is the black label, but he will use the green label for this drink. Save the good stuff for a Manhattan!

Amy’s Pimm’s (Winning!) Cup Recipe

It’s going to shock you guys that I chose a drink featuring gin for this month’s cocktail. However, we’re all about making cocktails our own around here, so if you prefer vodka, use it! I think this drink would be just as refreshing, either way.

I thought the name of this drink was appropriate for this month, but it’s also perfect for the season! This one is flavorful, light, and refreshing. But not too sweet. You guys know how I feel about that too. The cucumber and mint give it that snappy, fresh feeling. Perfect for sipping next to the pool!

If you do decide to make this my way, with gin, allow me to suggest Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin (pictured below). It’s my absolute favorite, and I love thei tag line: “inspired by a man and his garden.”

AHP June Cocktails: Pimm's Cup + Jack and Coke
AHP June Cocktails: Pimm's Cup + Jack and Coke
AHP June Cocktails: Pimm's Cup + Jack and Coke

Pimm's (Winning!) Cup

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2-3 slices orange
  • 2-3 slices cucumber
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • ginger ale

Instructions

  • Gently muddle one orange slice, one cucumber slice, and one lemon slice in a cocktail glass. 
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Pour in gin and top with ginger ale.
  • Stir, then garnish with additional orange and cucumber slices, and a sprig of mint.

Notes

This drink is called a "Pimm's Cup" because it traditionally uses Pimm's No. 1 gin. Feel free to substitute with your favorite gin, as I have. This drink does not need too much fruit, as it's refreshing just as it is!

AHP June Cocktails: Pimm's Cup + Jack and Coke

Ed and I hope that these recipes will inspire your own at-home Happy Hour! Remember, it’s not the drinks that are important. Is the hour set aside to rest and unwind.

Please feel free to leave Ed some Happy Birthday wishes in the comments! Don’t forget to tag your own concoctions with #ahpcocktails! We can’t wait to have you join us!

CHEERS!

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