Northern Lights: a Peachy Drink With Yukon Jack

Northern Lights Drink With Yukon Jack

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
184 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 50mg 249%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 170mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Many versions of the Northern Lights cocktail exist. Some very literal ones layer liqueurs and juices to create the effect of the beautiful aurora, or polar lights, and some will simply mix a random collection of drinks and juices to make a flavorful cocktail that doesn't resemble anything at all. But the true Northern Lights, well, they need to come from up north, and they need to emulate the mesmerizing light display of the aurora. Thus the Yukon Jack. This easy and warming cocktail seems to have been created thinking of the cold polar environment, in which you need some extra heat to keep comfortable and some sweetness to comfort you. Made with peach Schnapps, cranberry and orange juice, and Yukon Jack, a Canadian whiskey-based honey liqueur, its flavors and colors mix to perfectly into a pretty, fruity cocktail. Easy to make, and budget-friendly, this is a great cocktail for winter holiday parties as it takes just 3 minutes to mix.

If you've never had Yukon Jack, you're in for a real treat. A lesser known whiskey liqueur, this Canadian product has been around for many decades but gained fame in the 1970s when it crossed the border into the United States. Supposedly named after Jack McQuesten, an explorer and gold prospector, the liqueur quickly earned a place on the shelves of many bars (and home bars) thanks to smart advertisement campaigns that named it “The Black Sheep of Canadian Liquors.” At 100 percent proof, who wouldn't want a taste of the drink this Canadian adventurer drank to keep warm in the cold Yukon nights? Compared to the "other" Jack, from Tennessee, Yukon Jack is a bolder choice of drink. Very sweet and potent, Yukon Jack earned its place in the States, but it has sadly taken a back seat in recent years as parent company Diageo didn't make this liqueur a priority and later sold it back to the Canadian Sazerac Company. But you still can find it in old-school bars and dives, and a glass of it on the rocks can be a potent yet delicious offering.

Sweet and warming, this cocktail gets the best from zesty, sweet fruits and the beloved peach Schnapps. Served in a tall glass filled with ice, this is a sippable drink that is perfect as a pre-dinner cocktail, but also great for a post-meal conversation or more lively cocktail hour.


  • 2 ounces Yukon Jack liqueur

  • 1 dash peach schnapps

  • 2 ounces orange juice

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the Yukon Jack and peach schnapps into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

  3. Fill with equal parts orange juice and cranberry juice.

  4. Stir well.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

How Strong Is the Northern Lights?

Though Yukon Jack itself weighs in at 100 proof, the drink itself is relatively tame because the juices make up most of the volume. If we were to have a total volume of about 6 ounces, this cocktail would have an alcohol content of right around 18 percent ABV (36 proof).