Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey defines Southern comfort. Don't be surprised if, on a sweltering summer day while you're enjoying a cool Jack and Sprite or Lynchburg lemonade, you get the irresistible urge to put on a baseball cap, grill up some burgers and throw an impromptu neighborhood barbecue. You might even think you hear some Lynyrd Skynyrd and the cry of a bald eagle when you draw a long, satisfying sip of Tennessee's iconic cocktail -- it's that American. You can make enough Jack and Sprite or Lynchburg lemonade to serve one or 100 using the same ratio of whiskey to soda. .
Pour one 2-ounce shot of Jack Daniel's in an ice-filled rocks glass. If you want a double, add a double shot to an ice-filled Collins glass or tumbler.
Add Sprite to taste. An equal parts ratio of Sprite to Jack produces an easygoing taste and modest bite.
Garnish with a lemon slice and add a stirring stick.
Classic of Classics
Chill a freezer-safe glass pitcher in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Add 1 part each Jack Daniel's, freshly squeezed lemon juice and triple sec followed by 4 parts Sprite. Add more or less Sprite to suit your tastes.
Stir the lemonade and add ice. Garnish with several lemon wedges. Add several straws to enjoy Lynchburg lemonade as a group cocktail, or pour it as needed into ice-filled tumblers.
Add bitters to Lynchburg lemonade to contrast its sweetness and add complexity.
A.J. Andrews' work has appeared in Food and Wine, Fricote and "BBC Good Food." He lives in Europe where he bakes with wild yeast, milks goats for cheese and prepares for the Court of Master Sommeliers level II exam. Andrews received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu.