Doc Holiday Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Doc Holiday cocktail is a tribute to the legendary American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist, Doc Holliday. It's a drink that embodies the boldness and complexity of the Old West. This concoction is popular among those who enjoy a drink with a kick and a touch of sweetness, reminiscent of the daring spirit of its namesake.

  • Origins: The cocktail's name is inspired by the historical figure, but its exact origins are unclear.
  • Popularity: It's a hit with fans of herbal liqueurs and those who appreciate a unique blend of flavors.
  • Occasions: Best enjoyed on a night out with friends or as a celebratory drink.

How Doc Holiday Tastes?

The Doc Holiday cocktail offers a complex flavor profile. It's a harmonious blend of the spicy kick from the whiskey, the herbal notes from the Jägermeister, and the sweet and fruity undertones from the orange juice and Dr Pepper. The result is a robust, sweet, yet slightly herbal drink with a smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Doc Holiday

  • The cocktail's namesake, Doc Holliday, was a key figure in the events leading up to the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
  • Jägermeister, one of the primary ingredients, is made from 56 different herbs, fruits, roots, and spices.
  • Dr Pepper, another key ingredient, was introduced in 1885, making it one of the oldest major soft drink brands in America.


Dr Pepper Soda

Dr Pepper brings a unique blend of 23 different flavors to the cocktail that adds a spicy complexity. Not using it would result in a less complex and flatter flavor profile.

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Orange Juice

Fresh orange juice adds a touch of acidity and freshness, which cuts through the sweetness and spice, giving a well-rounded taste. Substitute with lime juice for a zesty twist.

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Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur

Jagermeister has a bold herbal flavor that provides depth and a slightly bitter counterpoint to the sweetness of the Dr Pepper and orange juice. Without it, the drink loses its herbal kick.

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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

The distinctive charcoal-mellowed flavor of Jack Daniel's adds a smoky, smooth taste to the cocktail. Leaving it out would take away the classic whiskey warmth.

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Recipe. How to make Doc Holiday Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1 oz of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur.
  4. Squeeze in 1 oz of fresh orange juice.
  5. Top with 4.5 oz of Dr Pepper Soda.
  6. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  7. Garnish with an orange slice on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother taste, chill the whiskey and Jägermeister before mixing.
  • Use fresh orange juice for a brighter, fresher flavor.
  • Adjust the Dr Pepper to whiskey ratio to suit your taste preference for sweetness and strength.

Perfect Pairings

Snacks to Enjoy with the Doc Holiday Cocktail

  • Spicy Nuts: The kick from the Jagermeister and the spices in the Dr Pepper will be complemented nicely by some spicy roasted nuts.
  • BBQ Pork Sliders: The smoky flavor of the Jack Daniels is a great match for succulent BBQ pork.
  • Dark Chocolate: Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate with this drink can enhance the complexity from the herbal notes of Jagermeister.
  • Cheese Platter: A platter with a variety of cheeses, especially aged gouda or cheddar, can balance the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Doc Holiday

  • Whiskey: If Jack Daniel's isn't available, any good quality bourbon or Tennessee whiskey can be used.
  • Jägermeister: While Jägermeister is unique, a similar herbal bitter like Fernet-Branca can offer a comparable flavor profile.
  • Dr Pepper: In a pinch, a cola with a dash of cherry syrup can mimic the unique taste of Dr Pepper.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cinnamon Spark

  • Replace orange juice with a cinnamon syrup.
  • Add a small amount of apple cider.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick. This variant will have a more autumnal profile, adding warmth and spice perfect for cooler weather.

Cherry Chill

  • Use cherry juice in place of orange juice.
  • Top with a splash of cola instead of Dr Pepper.
  • Garnish with a cherry. This twist will have a richer cherry flavor and a slightly less complex spice profile, great for cherry lovers.

Honey Glow

  • Add 0.5 oz of honey syrup.
  • Use lemon juice instead of orange juice.
  • Replace Dr Pepper with ginger ale. This version will be sweeter with a brighter citrus note and a ginger kick, for a lighter refreshing take.

In case you forgot basics how to make Doc Holiday

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Doc Holiday

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Doc Holiday cocktail?

A highball glass is typically used for the Doc Holiday cocktail to accommodate the mixed drink and ice while allowing for proper stirring and garnishing.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Doc Holiday?

To create a mocktail version of the Doc Holiday, substitute the whiskey and Jägermeister with non-alcoholic alternatives that have similar flavors such as herbal or spice-infused syrups.

Can I prepare the Doc Holiday cocktail in advance?

While you can mix the alcoholic components in advance, it's recommended to add the Dr Pepper Soda and orange juice just before serving to maintain the carbonation and fresh flavor.

What's the best way to garnish a Doc Holiday cocktail?

The traditional garnish is an orange slice, but you can also consider a maraschino cherry or a twist of orange peel for added aroma and presentation.

How can I adjust the cocktail's strength without compromising the flavor?

Experiment with the ratios, slightly reducing the whiskey and Jägermeister while keeping the other ingredients constant, or add more Dr Pepper and orange juice for a milder drink.

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