Lynchburg lemonade

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Lynchburg lemonade
A Lynchburg lemonade
at a restaurant
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard garnishLemon wedge, maraschino cherry
Standard drinkware
Collins glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with the lemonade or lemon-lime. Add ice and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and cherries.[1]

A Lynchburg lemonade is a cocktail (a long drink) made with, among other ingredients, Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey and a citrus-flavored soda or juice. It is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of the Jack Daniel's distillery. A typical recipe is:[2][3]

It thus belongs to the sour family of mixed drinks.[4] It is normally served over ice and garnished with a lemon and possibly a cherry.

History and controversy[edit]

The drink was created and given its name by Alabama restaurant and lounge owner Tony Mason in 1980.[4] It was the subject of the 1987 court case Mason v. Jack Daniel Distillery.[5] Mason alleged that a Jack Daniel's distillery sales representative visited his restaurant and somehow learned the recipe for the drink, which he contended was a trade secret. A year later, Jack Daniel's launched a national campaign to promote the drink. Mason subsequently filed suit in the Madison County Circuit Court, seeking over US$13 million in compensatory and punitive damages for misappropriating his recipe. The court ruled in Mason's favor but decided to award him no money. After the trial, the presiding judge offered to pay Mason one dollar out of his own pocket which Mason rejected. In Mason v. Jack Daniel Distillery, Mason appealed the decision to the Alabama Civil Appellate court, which found that Mason could be entitled to more than nominal compensatory damages and overturned the decision, ordering a new trial. The new trial resulted in a victory for Jack Daniel Distillery.[6]


  1. ^ Lynchburg Lemonade,
  2. ^ Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Lemonade recipe,
  3. ^ Mix a Drink: Make it with Jack,
  4. ^ a b Lynchburg Lemonade Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^ Mason v. Jack Daniel Distillery, Jay Dratler, Jr, 2006
  6. ^ "Jurors Side With Jack Daniel's in Lemonade Mix Retrial". AP NEWS.