The history of the Lynchburg Lemonade is much more controversial than many other drinks and cocktails. Tony Mason, an Alabama restaurant and lounge owner, is the actual creator of the drink. It is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, which is the home of Jack Daniel’s distillery. Mason alleged that a Jack Daniels representative actually visited his restaurant and was able to figure out the recipe for his creation.
This eventually became the subject of the court case, Mason vs Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Tony Mason actually won the lawsuit, but was awarded no money. Jack Daniels proceeded to market the drink and even made it the subject of a national campaign. Mason appealed, but Jack Daniels Distillery won the appeal case. Regardless, the Lynchburg Lemonade is still around, and remains popular in the southern United States, specifically. It belongs to the “sour” family of mixed drinks.
- 1 ½ ounce of Jack Daniels whiskey
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce of lemon juice
- 4 ounces of lemon-lime soda
- 2 ounces of sour mix
- Pour the whiskey, triple sec, and sour mix into a Collins glass filled with ice.
- Top with soda.
- Stir well.
- Collins glass
It should be noted that the drink can be made with any whiskey, and not just with Jack Daniels but the name specifically refers to Jack Daniels, so most people associate Jack Daniels with the drink specifically. Fresh-squeezed lemonade can also replace the lemon juice. Of course, homemade sour mix is often a much better alternative to purchased sour mix, even though it may require more time and energy. The beauty of the drink is that it is simultaneously semi-tart and semi-sweet, so its appeal is much broader than many other drinks. The fact that it is essentially an alcoholic version of lemonade makes it so that it is a summer and barbecue favorite. There are many people who choose to make this a party punch by making a large quantity for a bigger gathering. The most common garnishes associated with Lynchburg Lemonade are maraschino cherries and lemon wedges. The next time you feel like having some lemonade with a kick try a Lynchburg Lemonade!