What To Mix With Jim Beam Bourbon: Cocktails & Drinks (2023)

Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Lydia Martin

According to Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, the best way to enjoy their line of bourbon whiskeys is “any damn way you please.” 

If you enjoy Jim Beam neat or on the rocks, it may be time to switch things up.

If you’re looking for recipes that would work well with this bourbon whiskey or are an aspiring bartender/mixologist wanting to impress your friends, here’s what to mix with Jim Beam. 

Top 10 Jim Beam Mixers You Can Try

10. Coca-Cola

There isn’t a pairing more iconic than the quintessential Jim Beam and Coca-Cola. The acidity and sweetness of Coke will bring out the vanilla and caramel flavors of the bourbon more.

A tall glass of Jim Beam and Coke is perfect for hot summer afternoons, and if you’re feeling a bit more indulgent, you can top the drink with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. [1

9. Club Soda

Club Soda

Club soda’s natural tartness will do wonders in balancing out the sweetness in Jim Beam Bourbon.

Try making a Highball Jim by pouring two ounces of Jim Beam into a highball glass, adding lots of ice, and topping off with club soda.

If you have fresh lemons on hand, you can squeeze in some juice to add a bright pop of flavor. 

8. Apple Juice

Apple juice is always an instant crowd favorite, and when mixed with Jim Beam Bourbon, you may have your next favorite drink in your hands.

Pour one ounce of Jim Beam and six ounces of apple juice into a chilled cocktail glass and stir everything together with some ice cubes. Serve as is to your next brunch. 

7. Coffee


Coffee lovers, rejoice — Irish Jim Beam may be the new pick-me-up you’re itching to try. To make Irish Jim Beam, mix an ounce of Jim Beam and a bit of honey liqueur inside a coffee mug.

Make sure you have brewed coffee boiling on the stove — you’ll need to pour that in next. Top everything off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you’re feeling a bit fancy. 

6. Sparkling Water

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water, also known as soda water, and Jim Beam is such a good combination that the brand’s official website even lists it as one of their top cocktail recipes.

Named Jim Beam and Soda Highball, it’s made by mixing one part of Jim Beam with four parts of premium sparkling water. This cocktail drink is built over ice in a highball glass and garnished with a lemon wedge. 

5. Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale

If you’re a fan of whiskey, you probably know there is no better pairing than bourbon and ginger ale. Gather Jim Beam and ginger ale — one ounce and three ounces, respectively — and pour everything into a tall highball glass with lots of ice cubes.

Give everything a good stir, and squeeze in a bit of lime juice for an added tart element. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger. 

4. Dr. Pepper

Dr. Pepper

Jim Beam works extremely well with Dr. Pepper — we even have a bias to this pairing, if we’re being honest with you.

We especially like mixing the cherry variant with Jim Beam to create a long drink that could replace the classic whiskey and Coke. Make sure you add lots of ice for the perfect summer afternoon drink. 

3. 7-Up


The lemon-lime flavor of 7-Up is delicious when paired with the bold and spicy profile of Jim Beam Bourbon.

This super simple cocktail is called Beam and 7, made by mixing two ounces of Jim Beam with a can of 7-Up. You can opt to garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig if you want to serve this to guests. 

2. Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew

You’ve probably noticed the pattern — Jim Beam pairs extremely well with most sodas. The citrusy profile of Mountain Dew works extremely well to balance out the rich and bold flavors of Jim Beam.

Pour in two ounces of Jim beam into a tall glass filled with fresh ice, and top everything off with Mountain Dew. You also don’t need to add anything else because the drink is perfect the way it is! 

1. Faygo Cream Soda

Faygo Cream Soda

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that Faygo cream soda tastes like pure, unadulterated vanilla ice cream. It makes perfect sense that it would be the best pairing with Jim Beam for a creamed bourbon drink.

To make this perfect pairing that would put even Romeo and Juliet to shame, pour two ounces of Jim Beam into a highball glass filled with ice, and top everything off with Faygo cream soda.

You can add heavy cream to make the drink more indulgent. 


How do you drink Jim Beam whiskey?

According to Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th generation Master Distiller, the best way to drink Jim Beam is “any damn way you please.”

So whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails is exactly the right way you should drink your Jim Beam Whiskey. 

Is Jim Beam better sipped neat or mixed?

We find that Jim Beam holds its own extremely well whether you sip it neat or drink it in cocktails.

Jim Beam is one of the most reliable bourbons out in the market that will make for a satisfying sipper. Its low price point is also why you should experiment with using it in mixed drinks. 

Is Sprite a good chaser for Jim Beam whiskey?

Yes. Sprite is a good chaser for Jim Beam Whiskey. Its gentle tanginess resets your palate for the bourbon’s bolder and richer flavor, allowing you to appreciate it even more. However, if you were to ask us, Jim Beam needs no chaser. 

Wrapping Up

Jim Beam is a versatile bourbon whiskey that will pair extremely well with many mixers. 

One thing you must note when choosing mixers to pair with Jim Beam is its bold and spicy flavor profile.

With that in mind, you want to choose sweeter, tarter, or more acidic ingredients to give a better balance to its flavors. We also think of Jim Beam as a cool summer drink, so make sure you serve it with lots of ice. 

Our top mixers for Jim Beam are Faygo cream soda, 7-Up, and Mountain Dew, as they have everything we’re looking for in a great drink. 

Try these recipes out, and let us know what you think.



Lisa Dimarco

Lisa is a freelance lifestyle writer specializing in nightlife, leisure, and celebration. She has been in the field for eight years and has written articles featured in various local blogs and lifestyle magazines. For Lisa, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink after a rough day (she’s not fussy). But she also likes to get a bit fancy every now and then. She believes you can never go wrong with a Moscow Mule or a classic Daiquiri anywhere you go. Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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