Keith Jackson 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 16, 2024


The Keith Jackson cocktail is a tribute to the warm, Southern charm of its namesake, the legendary sportscaster known for his college football commentary. It's a drink that's as smooth and comforting as Jackson's voice was on air. This cocktail is a hit at tailgate parties and is favored by those who enjoy a sweet, peachy kick in their drink.

  • Who Would Like It?
    • Fans of sweet, fruity cocktails
    • Those looking for a refreshing summer drink
    • Sports enthusiasts reminiscing game days

How Keith Jackson Tastes?

The Keith Jackson cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour with a fizzy lift from the Sprite. The amaretto and peach liqueurs provide a rich, fruity base, while the sweet and sour mix adds a tangy zest. The Southern Comfort brings a smooth, whiskey-like warmth, making the drink sweet, slightly tart, and very refreshing.

Interesting facts about Keith Jackson

  • The cocktail is named after Keith Jackson, an American sportscaster who popularized the phrase 'Whoa, Nellie!'
  • It's a versatile drink that can be served both as a casual sipper or a party shooter.
  • The combination of peach and amaretto is a nod to Southern flavors and hospitality.


Amaretto Almond Liqueur

Amaretto brings a sweet, nutty flavor that's rich, and slightly bittersweet. It's the soul of our cocktail, giving it depth and warmth. If you skip it, you'll miss out on the cozy almond embrace. Now, if you're feeling nutty you could swap in a hazelnut liqueur for a little twist, but you'll definitely tip the scales towards a nuttier side.

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Peach Schnapps

This peachy pal adds a fruity, sweet kick. It's the lively party guest that keeps things fresh and upbeat. Go without, and you'll lose part of the cocktail's heart. A drop too much, and your drink might just become the 'overly attached girlfriend' of cocktails; too sweet and clingy. But if you're in a bind, try apricot brandy for a similar, yet slightly more refined fruitiness.

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Sweet and Sour Mix

This is your balancing act – it's tangy, it's tart, and it's got just enough sweetness to keep everyone in line. Without it, the drink would be unbalanced, like a clown on a unicycle playing the violin (imagine that). Use too much, and you've got a sourpuss instead of a cocktail.

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Sprite Soda

The fizzy friend here lightens the mix, adding sparkle and life. It makes the difference between a flat speech and a sparkling toast. If Sprite isn't in your deck of cards, any lemon-lime soda can take its place without stirring the pot too much.

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Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur

We're doubling down on the peach because it's just that good. Southern Comfort adds a warm, whiskey undertone that hugs you from the inside. Without it, the cocktail loses its backbone, becoming a bit flimsy. If Southern Comfort isn't on your bar cart, give another peach liqueur or even bourbon a shot, but remember, it'll change the drink's character.

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Recipe. How to make Keith Jackson Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 1oz of amaretto almond liqueur, 1oz of peach schnapps, 1oz of sweet and sour mix, 1oz of sprite soda, and 1oz of Southern Comfort peach liqueur into the shaker.
  3. Shake well to mix and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a shot glass or over ice in a highball glass if you prefer a longer drink.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother taste, chill the ingredients before mixing.
  • Garnish with a slice of peach or a maraschino cherry for an extra touch of elegance.
  • If you're serving this as a shot, rim the glass with sugar for a sweet finish.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Calamari: The sweet notes from the cocktail complement the crunchy, salty flavor.
  • Spicy Chicken Wings: The sweetness of the cocktail can help to balance out the spice.
  • Cheese Platter: Opt for creamy cheeses to contrast with the fruitiness of the drink.


  • Peach Cobbler: Enhances the peachy flavors in the cocktail.
  • Almond Biscotti: Pairs nicely with the amaretto.
  • Lemon Tart: A nice counterbalance to the sweet and sour mix in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Keith Jackson

  • If you don't have Southern Comfort, you can substitute it with another peach liqueur.
  • In absence of sweet and sour mix, combine equal parts lemon juice and simple syrup.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the liqueurs with peach and almond syrups.

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Smoky Jackson

  • Switch out the Southern Comfort for a smoky mezcal.
  • Add a dash of bitters.
  • The mezcal will add a smoky depth, giving the drink a mysterious edge.

Spiced Jackson

  • Include a cinnamon stick as garnish.
  • Add a splash of ginger ale instead of Sprite for a spicier kick.
  • The ginger and cinnamon will create a warming sensation, perfect for a chilly evening.

Sour Jackson

  • Use a tart cherry liqueur instead of peach schnapps.
  • Double the sweet and sour mix for an even sharper tang.
  • This version is for those who prefer a sharper, more pronounced sour profile but still want a hint of sweetness to round it out.

In case you forgot basics how to make Keith Jackson

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Keith Jackson

How can I measure ingredients without a cocktail jigger?

You can use a standard kitchen measuring cup or measuring spoons. Remember that 1 ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons or 30 milliliters.

Is it necessary to use a cocktail shaker for the Keith Jackson cocktail?

While a cocktail shaker is recommended for properly chilling and mixing the ingredients, you can stir the drink in a glass with ice if a shaker is not available.

What type of glass should be used to serve the Keith Jackson cocktail?

The cocktail can be served in a highball glass if served over ice, or in a shot glass if served as a shot.

Can I make the Keith Jackson cocktail in a large batch for parties?

Yes, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks you plan to make and combine in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add the Sprite just before serving to maintain its fizziness.

What's the best way to garnish the Keith Jackson cocktail?

A slice of peach or a maraschino cherry on the rim of the glass makes an elegant garnish that complements the flavors of the cocktail.

Are there any variations of the Keith Jackson cocktail recipe?

You can experiment with different fruit liqueurs or use a flavored soda instead of Sprite to create different variations.

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