This drink was named during the short-lived era of Long Island Iced Tea variations and although it is one of the newest vatiations it derives from one of the first variations. Here is an early printing of this drink:
TV guide: Volume 40 in 1992
“There’s Lynchburg Lemonade, Tennessee Tea and Downhome Punch. And they’re just as easy to serve as they arc to drink. You just pour over ice and enjoy. We do hope you’ll agree our Jack Daniel’s”
This drink appears to have two proprietors but we know this can not be this case, the most likely thoery is this drink was named shortly after the Lynchberg Lemonade was created. Seeing as the Texas Tea would have already been in place, someone likely used the Texas Tea as a base and used the growing popularity of the Lynchberg Lemonade to propel this drink into culture.
It is also possible this drink used the familar association with Tennessee and Jack Daniels and followed the trend of naming Long Island Iced Tea variations after locations, such as the Long Island, Japanese, and Texas Iced Teas. It is far less likely this is the case, but because there is a very broad dating to this drink, it is difficult to determine.
One thing that can’t be argued is it’s ingredients, this drinks ingredients have remained intact since it’s creation and likely will continue to. Here is a modern reference to this drink:
Drugs and drug policy: the control of consciousness alteration – Page 311 by Clayton James Mosher, Scott Akins in 2007
“In the current era, there is wide variation across states and local jurisdictions with respect to the regulation of vodka or gin is illegal while a Tennessee Tea (which consists of one ounce each of jack daniels, tequila, rum, vodka, gin, & triple sec)”
This drink dates between 1981 – 1991 and contained at least as of then:
Shake These Ingredients:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice cubes
Add charged coca-cola