Crown and Coke is as classic as the purple cloth bag the cocktail's namesake whiskey is sold in. Crown Royal produces six whiskeys, not including limited-edition varieties, but only one makes up half of this classic drink: Crown Royal Deluxe, the original whiskey first produced in 1939. You can deviate from the traditional Crown-and-Coke taste by substituting Crown Royal Black, a 90-proof whiskey, or Crown Royal Maple, a whiskey finished in a maple-toasted cask; both add their own character to the cocktail. Refrain from using exclusive varieties, such as Crown Royal XO and Crown Royal Extra Rare -- these gems are best savored as is.
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
Pour 1 part, which you can measure in a 1 1/2-ounce jigger, of Crown Royal Classic over the ice.
Pour 4 parts of Coca-Cola over the ice.
Mix with a stir stick, and imbibe.
A.J. Andrews' work has appeared in Food and Wine, Fricote and "BBC Good Food." He lives in Europe where he bakes with wild yeast, milks goats for cheese and prepares for the Court of Master Sommeliers level II exam. Andrews received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu.