Created in 1980 by Alabama restaurateur Tony Mason, the Lynchburg Lemonade is a drink with a storied legal past. Mason shared his recipe with a bar patron who happened to be a sales representative from the Jack Daniel’s distillery, who then took the recipe and released a version under the Jack Daniel’s brand — all without compensating Mason. Mason sued the brand for $13 million and won, but was awarded only $1 — bizarrely out of the judge’s pocket. Although the brand admitted that it learned the recipe from Mason in a company newsletter in 1982, the judgment was overturned on appeal after years of wrangling.
The concoction combines whiskey with orange liqueur, lemon juice, and lemon-lime soda. The citrusy twist to whiskey’s spice and earthy flavors forms a cocktail that has become a Southern favorite.
1 ounce Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
1 ounce orange liqueur (like triple sec or Cointreau)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7UP)
Garnish: lemon wedge
Combine whiskey, orange liqueur, and lemon juice in a highball glass.
Add ice, top with soda, and garnish with lemon wedge.
Lemonade and whiskey make for the perfect married pair. Citrus from the lemons balances delightfully with the warm spice of whiskey, hence why the Lynchburg Lemonade has become a favorite in the American South.