Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail is named after the town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, where the Jack Daniel's distillery is located. It was created in the 1980s by a local bar owner named Tony Mason. The drink gained popularity when Jack Daniel's began promoting it as a refreshing summer cocktail.

  • The drink is often associated with Southern culture and hospitality
  • It's a popular choice for outdoor gatherings and barbecues
  • The cocktail has been featured in various movies and TV shows, further increasing its popularity

How Lynchburg Lemonade Tastes?

The Lynchburg Lemonade has a refreshing, sweet, and tangy taste with a hint of whiskey warmth. It's a well-balanced mix of sour, sweet, and slightly bitter flavors, making it a perfect summer drink.

Interesting facts about Lynchburg Lemonade

  • The original recipe called for a specific brand of whiskey, Jack Daniel's, but any good-quality whiskey can be used
  • The cocktail was at the center of a legal dispute between Tony Mason and the Jack Daniel's company in the 1980s
  • Lynchburg Lemonade is often served in a mason jar, adding to its rustic charm


Whiskey: 1.5 oz

Whiskey brings a warm, oaky backbone to the drink. It's the heart and soul of Lynchburg Lemonade and provides depth to the cocktail. Too much and the drink can become overpowering, too little and you'll miss the rich flavor. If you swap for bourbon, expect a sweeter and fuller profile.

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Triple sec: 1 oz

Triple sec adds a delightful orange zestiness that brightens the drink, balancing the whiskey's robustness. Without it, you'd lose complexity and that citrus punch. An alternative could be Curacao for a more pronounced orange flavor.

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Lemon juice: 1 oz

Lemon juice brings the necessary acidic counterpoint to the drink's sweetness, giving it that 'lemonade' signature. Fresh is best! Using less will leave your drink flat, and more could make it too tart. Lime juice could be a tangy substitute, but it's a different kind of sour.

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Simple syrup: 0.5 oz

Simple syrup serves to harmonize and mellow the acidity of the lemon juice and the strength of the whiskey. Skimping on it can leave the cocktail biting; overdoing it makes it cloyingly sweet. Honey could replace it for a more rustic sweetness.

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Sprite or 7-Up: 4 oz

This fizzy addition adds a lightness to the texture, contributing both sweetness and effervescence. Without the soda, you'd have a much stiffer, less refreshing drink. Club soda could somewhat substitute, but you'd lose some sweetness and need to adjust.

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Lemon wheel: 1

A lemon wheel is both garnish and subtle flavor enhancer, releasing a little extra zest when squeezed. It's more than just a pretty face! No lemon wheel can make the drink feel incomplete, visually and tastewise.

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Cherry: 1

Garnishing with a cherry adds a touch of whimsy and a hint of cherry flavor, which subtly mingles with the citrus and oak notes upon each sip. It's the cherry on top—literally! Leaving it out isn't a flavor disaster, but it's a visual and playful element missed.

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Recipe. How to make Lynchburg Lemonade Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Add whiskey, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice
  5. Top with Sprite or 7-Up
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing touch
  • Shake well to ensure all ingredients are well mixed

Perfect Pairings

BBQ and Grilled Foods

Grilled dishes with a sweet or spicy edge, such as barbecue ribs or chicken, harmonize splendidly with the Lynchburg Lemonade's zesty profile.

Summer Salads

Light salads with citrus dressing or a fruit component, like a strawberry spinach salad, complement the cocktail's refreshing nature perfectly.

Savory Snacks

Pair with salted nuts or pretzels to contrast with the cocktail's sweetness; the salt will enhance the overall flavor experience.


Light and zesty seafood dishes can mirror the cocktail’s freshness, consider classic shrimp cocktail or grilled fish with lemon herb seasoning.


Tangy or citrus-infused desserts like lemon bars or key lime pie will sync up nicely with Lynchburg Lemonade.

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What you could change in Lynchburg Lemonade

  • Whiskey: Any good-quality whiskey can be used, not just Jack Daniel's
  • Sprite or 7-Up: Can be replaced with any lemon-lime soda
  • Triple sec: Can be replaced with any orange-flavored liqueur

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Smoky Lynchburg Lemonade

Add a splash of mezcal (0.5 oz) along with the whiskey to introduce a subtle smoky flavor. This variation adds a complex smokiness that contrasts with the citrusy sweetness, giving the cocktail an intriguing depth.

Spiced Lynchburg Lemonade

Infuse the simple syrup with cinnamon or a spice blend. This adds a warm, aromatic twist and could be particularly appealing in cooler seasons. Think of it as a summer drink dressed in autumn's cozy sweater.

Berry Lynchburg Lemonade

Muddle a few fresh raspberries or blackberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The berries' sweetness will compliment and add a fruity dimension. The cocktail becomes a visual feast, too, with flecks of vibrant berry color.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lynchburg Lemonade

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lynchburg Lemonade

What is the origin of the name 'Lynchburg Lemonade'?

Lynchburg Lemonade is named after the town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home place of the Jack Daniel's distillery, which is the whiskey traditionally used in this cocktail.

Can I drink Lynchburg Lemonade if I don't like the flavor of bourbon?

If you are not fond of bourbon, you may enjoy Lynchburg Lemonade as the bourbon flavor is balanced with the sweet and sour taste of other ingredients.

What kind of food does Lynchburg Lemonade pair well with?

The Lynchburg Lemonade pairs well with Southern-style dishes such as smoked ribs, pulled pork, or any barbecued food. Its refreshing characteristics make it a nice match for spicy foods as well.

What's the best time to enjoy a Lynchburg Lemonade?

Lynchburg Lemonade is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed at any time, but it is especially suitable for hot summer days and outdoor events like barbecues.

Is Lynchburg Lemonade a tropical cocktail?

Although it has a refreshing taste, Lynchburg Lemonade is not traditionally categorized as a tropical cocktail. It's a whiskey-based drink associated more with Southern culture.

Are there non-alcoholic versions of Lynchburg Lemonade?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can simply omit the whiskey and triple sec. This results in a refreshing lemon-lime soda.

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