Lynchburg Lemonade

What better way to immortalize an obviously revered place than to name a world-renown drink for it? The distillers of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey did just that. Then someone from Lynchburg, Tennessee where the distillery is located, got that fever and that’s how we got the Lynchburg Lemonade. This cocktail made from Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, triple sec and lemonade leans on the sour side and is best for summer parties and bar trips. The makers of this cocktail claims that the secret really comes from the whiskey. So if you plan to have authentic Lynchburg Lemonade, don’t ever attempt to make something out of other whiskey brands.

Lynchburg Lemonade Ingredients

Lynchburg Lemonade Preparation

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the whiskey, triple sec and sour mix. You can also use freshly squeezed lemon instead of the sour mix.
  3. Top with lemon-lime soda and stir.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel and cherry.

Recipe Variations 

1. Lynchburg Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 part whiskey
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 4 parts soda
  • Lemon wedges and maraschino cherries

Preparation

  1. In a punch bowl, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Add the lemon wedges and maraschino cherries.

Note: Maraschino cherries may be frozen overnight before adding to the punch so there is no need to add ice to prevent a watered down drink.

2. Lynchburg Lemonade (variant 2)

Ingredients

  • 3 parts Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • Lemonade to top up the glass

Preparation

  1. Fill a highball glass with cubed ice.
  2. Pour the whiskey over the ice.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. Add lemon wedge to garnish.

3. Frozen Lynchburg Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Jack Daniel’s Old. No. 7 whiskey
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 1 part Margarita mix
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Preparation

  1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice.
  2. Pour the whiskey and triple sec to the crushed ice.
  3. Top with Margarita mix.
  4. Lodge a lemon wedge on the crushed ice that is still visible from the top of the glass.

Know Your Ingredients!

  • Whiskey - a strong alcoholic drink made from rye, corn or barley
  • Triple sec - a colorless, orange-flavored liqueur of the Curacao family; alcohol content ranges from 20-40% volume
  • Margarita mix - this is a good mix for making homemade margaritas; it can be easily made by mixing together simple syrup and adding lemon juice and lime juice when the syrup has cooled.

 Bar Accessories

  • High ball glass - this is usually interchanged with Collins glass although it is skinnier;  capacity is 8-12 oz
  • Collins glass - a taller glass compared to a highball, usually used to serve cocktails; capacity is 10-14 oz
  • Jigger - a bar accessory used to measure the liquid ingredients of drinks to be mixed; it usually has sizes ranging from 0.5 oz to 2 oz

The Rise in Fame

Aside from the US where it originally hails, Lynchburg Lemonade is very popular in Sweden, especially in the counties of Varmland, Stockholm, Vastra Götaland and Skåne.

The Perfect Pair

Always know the main ingredient of your drink before you try to find something that will go with it. The whiskey can be a bit overwhelming paired with the obvious sourness of the lemonade in the Lynchburg Lemonade, it can be intense. It is best to pair it with food that will balance the taste of the cocktail. Tickle your palate with this Asian-inspired pork ribs, or gorge in the crunchy flavors of pub mix. Tangy fruits like peaches and apples are also good choices. You can keep it simple with cheesy nachos or balance the sourness with the sinfully delicious Hershey’s dark chocolate cake.

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