Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade

By Timo Torner / Last updated on June 10, 2022 
The Lynchburg Lemonade is a refreshing Whiskey cocktail named after the hometown of Jack Daniels, Lynchburg. It's one of the most popular Whiskey cocktails and pretty easy to make, as well.

Lynchburg Lemonade is the signature cocktail from Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. This long drink is composed of Jack Daniels Whiskey, Triple Sec (or Cointreau), freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon and lime soda, and simple syrup to taste.

And even though this whole thing looks like a mere marketing stunt from Jack Daniels, the story of this drink is a bit more complex than that.

The inventor of the Lynchburg Lemonade is not Jack Daniels, but a bartender and owner from Alabama named Tony Mason. Jack Daniels, at one point, unashamedly put his recipe on their website without crediting Mason.

As you can imagine, the situation ended up in a lawsuit. In fact, one of the biggest lawsuits about cocktail copyrights so far. But let's start at the beginning.

History of the Lynchburg lemonade

In 1980, Tony Mason developed the recipe for the Lynchburg lemonade. His formula was simple and asked for 1 oz of Jack Daniels, 1 oz Triple Sec, 1 oz sour mix, and 4 ounces of lemon-lime soda. And when he decided to serve the drink to his guests at his restaurant and lounge, they gave positive feedback throughout.

Two years later, a Jack Daniels sales representative, Winston Randle, came to the place and was introduced to Mason's creation. Randle enjoyed the serve and asked about the recipe. And, as you might have guessed, this was when the problems began.

Mason told Randle the recipe and only asked to credit him should they decide to promote the drink. And Jack Daniels did, indeed, promote it.

Then, merely one year later, they launched a massive marketing campaign around the Lynchburg Lemonade recipe. The problem was they conveniently forgot to mention Mason anywhere.

In 1987 Mason sued Jack Daniels in a monumental 13 Million Dollar lawsuit that he ultimately lost. And even today, you can find the recipe for the Lynchburg Lemonade on their website without a hint of credit for its original creator.

How to make a Lynchburg Lemonade

The original recipe for making a Lynchburg Lemonade asked for a sour mix. But you better replace this with some fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. It's almost as convenient and will taste much fresher, trust me.

Besides, you will only need some Jack Daniels, Triple Sec, and lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-up.

You don't even need a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. You can easily build the drink in the cocktail glass. Just take a Collins glass filled with ice. Add Whiskey, lemon juice, Triple Sec, and syrup and give it a quick stir. Now top up with chilled soda and garnish the drink with lemon slices.

Substitute Jack Daniels

If you share the need to solidarize with Tony Mason and don't want to use Jack Daniels in your Lynchburg Lemonade, I have some recommendations for Whiskeys you could use instead. One is George Dickel No.12, one of the smoothest Whiskeys in the whole of the US.

Other options would be Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey, Heaven's Door Bourbon, and Uncle Nearest. You see, there are plenty of alternatives, and they all work great in this refreshing drink.

Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade

A famous and refreshing Whiskey cocktail invented by Tony Mason.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: whiskey
Servings: 1
Calories: 237kcal
Cost: $3.30

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 0.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz Simple syrup
  • 4 oz Lemon-lime soda (e.g. Sprite or 7up)

Instructions

  • Add Whiskey, Triple Sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup into an ice-filled glass and stir until everything is well-mixed.
  • Top up with chilled lemon-lime soda.
  • Garnish with slices of lemon, and your Lynchburg Lemonade is ready to be served.

Nutrition

Serving: 7.25oz | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 82.73g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.175g | Sodium: 39.75mg | Potassium: 135.25mg | Sugar: 82.73g | Vitamin C: 29.25mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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