Named after the hometown of Jack Daniel’sworld famous whiskey, the Lynchburg lemonade traditionally comprises one part Jack Daniels, one part triple sec, one part sour mix, a dash of lemonade and a lemon slice, along with a maraschino cherry to garnish.
In an attempt to attract customers to his restaurant and lounge, local restaurateur Tony Mason invented the cocktail in 1980 and hoped that his refreshing creation would be enough to bring in the money. Success duly followed and with it, came the attention of interested Jack Daniels reps, who then used the drink for a nationwide marketing campaign without Mason’s permission.
What happened next is beautifully clichéd and overwhelmingly American to say the least. Without a word of recognition, or a cent of compensation, Mason sued the global corporation for $13 million and of course never received anything. It’s the sad story of a creative American battler, and the least we could do is whip one up for ourselves in honour of the great man from Lynchburg. So if you’re ever in need of a drink to drown your sorrows, this little number may just be perfect.
Pour all liquid ingredients into a glass. Fill with ice and top up with lemonade. Finish by garnishing with the lemon slice and maraschino cherry.