This drink is widely believed to be created by the Jack Daniel’s Company in 1981, however this is inaccurate. Here is an early printing of this drink:
Esquire: the magazine for men: Volume 103 in 1985
“Still, we hope you’ll have time to enjoy a complimentary glass of Miss Ruth’s Lynchburg lemonade. And a sip of Mr. Jack’s whiskey wherever the law is allowing.”
This drinks recipe was apparently stolen from a Mr. Mason, who then took the case to court in 1988 and seen here:
Southern reporter. Second series: Cases argued and determined in …: Volume 518 by Alabama. Supreme Court, Alabama. Court of Appeals, Florida. Supreme Court in 1988
“Applying these factors to the evidence in this case, we find that some of the factors support and some negate the conclusion that Lynchburg Lemonade was Mason’s trade secret Mason apparently spent little time, effort..”
Mason did win the case, unfortunately with little monetary gain, this should be a lesson learned for anyone planning to create their own cocktail. The only way to truly protect the intellectual propriety of any cocktail is to keep the recipe secret, much as the Mai Tai, Zombie, Hurricane, and Hand Grenade have done, by selling premixes.
This very topic was discussed at the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail, however, as stated in previous articles, this is one of the problems the industry currently faces.
This drink is still a great drink and has lost it’s popularity, which rose during the court case, but it can still be ordered today at many establishments.
This drink dates between 1982 – 1985 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes.
Add charged Lemon-Lime flavored Soda
Garnish with an Orange wheel and maraschino cherry (Modern)