Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail Drink

Lynchburg Lemonade

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Lynchburg Lemonade recipe provides all the ingredients for a standout cocktail. It’s simple to make and ensures a memorable beverage every time.

Lynchburg Lemonade Recipe

Quench your thirst with this classic Lynchburg Lemonade recipe! Combining Jack Daniel's, lemon juice, and Triple Sec, this zesty cocktail is the ultimate refresher for those warm days.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

241 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz lemon-lime soda, e.g., Sprite or 7-Up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into your shaker.
  • Pour Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Pour ½ oz Triple Sec.
  • Add Whiskey: Pour 1 ½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey into the shaker.
  • Shake: Ice up the shaker and shake for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture in your highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with 4 oz lemon-lime soda.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice or cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

From personal experience, here are some suggestions:
  • Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey: If you're out of Jack Daniel's, you can use another type of whiskey, though it may slightly change the drink's character. Bourbon works, but keep in mind it might add a sweeter profile.
  • Triple Sec: Cointreau or Grand Marnier can step in. They're both orange liqueurs, but each has its unique taste. Cointreau tends to be more citrus-forward, while Grand Marnier brings a richer flavor due to its cognac base.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: If you're not a fan of soda, you can replace it with sparkling water. Just remember to adjust the sweetness to your taste.

Making a Pitcher of Lynchburg Lemonade:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. This equals 12 oz of Jack Daniel's, 4 oz of Triple Sec, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup and 32 oz of lemon-lime soda.
  • Mix: Combine the whiskey, Triple Sec, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Stir well. Just before serving, add the soda to maintain fizziness.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish, and enjoy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Whiskey Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative, which can be found in specialty stores. These usually carry the smokiness and depth of regular whiskey without the alcohol.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: You can use an orange-infused syrup or non-alcoholic orange liqueur for an orange essence.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and sip on a booze-free Lynchburg Lemonade.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Lynchburg Lemonade is typically vegan. Just ensure the sugar, the lemon-lime soda and Triple Sec you use don't have any animal-derived ingredients. Some alcoholic products use fining agents derived from animals, so always check labels or brand policies if you're strict about vegan choices.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
241
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
21
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
27
g
30
%
Potassium
 
44
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail Drink

Lynchburg Lemonade Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Quench your thirst with this classic Lynchburg Lemonade recipe! Combining Jack Daniel's, lemon juice, and Triple Sec, this zesty cocktail is the ultimate refresher for those warm days.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 241

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz lemon-lime soda - e.g., Sprite or 7-Up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into your shaker.
  • Pour Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Pour ½ oz Triple Sec.
  • Add Whiskey: Pour 1 ½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey into the shaker.
  • Shake: Ice up the shaker and shake for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture in your highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with 4 oz lemon-lime soda.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice or cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

From personal experience, here are some suggestions:
  • Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey: If you're out of Jack Daniel's, you can use another type of whiskey, though it may slightly change the drink's character. Bourbon works, but keep in mind it might add a sweeter profile.
  • Triple Sec: Cointreau or Grand Marnier can step in. They're both orange liqueurs, but each has its unique taste. Cointreau tends to be more citrus-forward, while Grand Marnier brings a richer flavor due to its cognac base.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: If you're not a fan of soda, you can replace it with sparkling water. Just remember to adjust the sweetness to your taste.

Making a Pitcher of Lynchburg Lemonade:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. This equals 12 oz of Jack Daniel's, 4 oz of Triple Sec, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup and 32 oz of lemon-lime soda.
  • Mix: Combine the whiskey, Triple Sec, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Stir well. Just before serving, add the soda to maintain fizziness.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish, and enjoy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Whiskey Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative, which can be found in specialty stores. These usually carry the smokiness and depth of regular whiskey without the alcohol.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: You can use an orange-infused syrup or non-alcoholic orange liqueur for an orange essence.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and sip on a booze-free Lynchburg Lemonade.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Lynchburg Lemonade is typically vegan. Just ensure the sugar, the lemon-lime soda and Triple Sec you use don't have any animal-derived ingredients. Some alcoholic products use fining agents derived from animals, so always check labels or brand policies if you're strict about vegan choices.

What is a Lynchburg Lemonade?

Lynchburg Lemonade is a whiskey cocktail with Jack Daniel’s, lemon juice, and Triple Sec. Its origins trace back to Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home of Jack Daniel’s distillery. Over time, this drink has garnered a reputation for its refreshing zest, making it a favorite for many. You might expect the recipe to be complex given its flavorful profile, but crafting a Lynchburg Lemonade is surprisingly straightforward. While it has a rich history, this cocktail’s recipe keeps things simple and direct.

A side shot of a Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail in a highball glass surrounded by lemon wedges on a blue table, with some cocktail tools behind and in front of a yellow wall.

What is a Lynchburg Lemonade made of – The ingredients

To start making your own Lynchburg Lemonade, collect these ingredients:

  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey: The drink’s foundation adds a distinctive smoky and slightly sweet character.
  • Triple Sec: An orange-flavored liqueur that introduces a citrusy brightness to the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Provides the refreshing tartness, elevating the overall zest of the drink.
  • Simple syrup: delivers a sweet touch. 
  • Lemon-Lime Soda (e.g., Sprite or 7-Up): Adds fizziness and a hint of sweetness, rounding out the drink’s profile.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the beverage, ensuring it’s served refreshingly cold.
  • Lemon slice or cherry (optional): Enhances the presentation and can add an extra touch of flavor as a garnish.

Whiskey, liqueur, simple syrup, lemon-lime soda and lemons laid otu on a white bar table.

How do you make a Lynchburg Lemonade?

Learn to mix your own Lynchburg Lemonade by following our easy guide:

1
<p>Begin by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill your drink.</p>

Begin by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill your drink.

2
<p>Add simple syrup to the mix, making the cocktail a tiny sweeter.</p>

Add simple syrup to the mix, making the cocktail a tiny sweeter.

3
<p>Incorporate 1 oz of fresh lemon juice, lending the cocktail its tart character.</p>

Incorporate 1 oz of fresh lemon juice, lending the cocktail its tart character.

4
<p>Add 1 oz of Triple Sec, to the glass, introducing a citrusy note.</p>

Add 1 oz of Triple Sec, to the glass, introducing a citrusy note.

5
<p>Pour 1 oz of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey into the shaker.</p>

Pour 1 oz of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey into the shaker.

6
<p>Ice up the shaker and shake vigorously.</p>

Ice up the shaker and shake vigorously.

7
<p>Strain your drink in your highball glass over fresh ice.</p>

Strain your drink in your highball glass over fresh ice.

8
<p>Top up the glass with lemon-lime soda, usually about 4 oz, to give your drink some fizz and a touch of sweetness.</p>

Top up the glass with lemon-lime soda, usually about 4 oz, to give your drink some fizz and a touch of sweetness.

9
<p>Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon, ensuring they blend well.</p>

Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon, ensuring they blend well.

10
<p>Garnish the Lynchburg Lemonade with a lemon slice or cherry to elevate its presentation and flavor.</p>

Garnish the Lynchburg Lemonade with a lemon slice or cherry to elevate its presentation and flavor.

11
<p>Enjoy your Lynchburg Lemonade!</p>

Enjoy your Lynchburg Lemonade!

Lynchburg Lemonade Pre-mixed Drink

Jack Daniel’s is synonymous with the name and offers a canned and bottled version that packs that authentic Lynchburg taste: citrusy, with a nice whiskey kick. Another notable brand is Cutwater Spirits. Their take on the Lynchburg Lemonade is slightly sweeter but still respects the classic formula. It’s hard to steer clear of Jack Daniel’s if you’re searching for a solid recommendation. It feels genuine, tastes as close to homemade as canned can get, and never disappoints.

A Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail in a highball glass, shot from above, surrounded by lemon wedges and plant leaves on a blue table.

Lynchburg Lemonade Variations

Want add something extra? Try one of these 3 variations:

  • Lynchburg Tea: This blend infuses the classic Lynchburg base with iced tea, offering a more earthy and subdued tone. The iced tea’s natural tannins provide a unique contrast to the sweetness, creating a refreshing experience. I appreciate how the iced tea’s subtle bitterness complements the overall flavor, making it an excellent choice for a relaxed afternoon.
  • Lynchburg Sour: This introduces an amaretto liqueur in place of Triple Sec, resulting in an almond-like taste that beautifully balances the sour and nutty profiles. The amaretto’s rich, nutty flavor adds a unique twist, setting it apart from the typical citrus-dominated profile. I’m particularly drawn to the smooth, almond undertones of this choice; they add a layer of complexity that I find intriguing and satisfying.
  • Raspberry Lynchburg Lemonade: This features fresh raspberries muddled at the bottom, enhancing the sweetness and aroma. The raspberries add a fruity twist, enriching the overall flavor profile with their natural sweetness and vibrant color. The addition of raspberries not only enhances the visual appeal but also introduces a delightful berry flavor that perfectly complements the lemonade’s tanginess.

A side shot of a Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail in a highball glass surrounded by lemon wedges and plant leaves on a blue table, with some cocktail tools behind placed in front of a yellow wall.

History and Origin of the Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade derives its name from Lynchburg, Tennessee, the hometown of the iconic Jack Daniel’s Distillery. While the exact inception of the cocktail remains a bit foggy, a significant event in the 1980s propelled its fame.

In 1980, Tony Mason, an Alabama lounge owner, claimed to have created the drink. He named it after Lynchburg due to the drink’s primary ingredient, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. Tony later hosted promotional events and parties centered around this beverage.

Interestingly, in the mid-1980s, a legal dispute arose between Mason and the Jack Daniel’s distillery. Mason sued the distillery for allegedly using his Lynchburg Lemonade recipe in their marketing campaigns without giving him due credit or compensation. The case reached the U.S. court, where Mason sought millions in damages. Although he only received a modest sum, the lawsuit brought significant attention to the Lynchburg Lemonade.

The resulting publicity and the drink’s refreshing qualities cemented its status as a popular cocktail choice. Today, it remains a favorite for many, especially during warmer months, and is synonymous with Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

A Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail in a highball glass, shot from above, surrounded by lemon wedges and an orange on a blue table.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Lynchburg Lemonade?
Typically, a Lynchburg Lemonade contains around 200-250 calories, depending on the exact ingredients and serving size.
How strong is a Lynchburg Lemonade in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength primarily depends on the whiskey used. If using Jack Daniel's, 40% ABV or 80 proof, the cocktail's overall strength will decrease when mixed with other ingredients, usually settling around 10-15% ABV.
What alcohol is the base for a Lynchburg Lemonade?
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey serves as the foundational alcohol in this drink.
In what type of glass is a Lynchburg Lemonade typically served?
It's most commonly served in a highball glass.
What does a Lynchburg Lemonade taste like?
It boasts a refreshing blend of citrusy tartness from the lemon and a slight sweetness from the Triple Sec and syrup, all complemented by the distinct character of the whiskey.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Lynchburg Lemonade?
Generally, it's 1½ Jack Daniel’s, ½ oz of triple sec, ½ oz of simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, topped with around 4 oz of lemon-lime soda.
How is the Lynchburg Lemonade typically served in terms of ice?
The Lynchburg Lemonade is usually served over ice cubes in a highball glass.

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