Lynchburg Lemonade is my favorite thirst quenching cocktail for a hot, hot day. I think you can buy it pre-mixed in bottles, but forget that. You can also look up the recipe on the Web, but forget those too, as they always demand “sweet and sour mix,” which is nice if you have it (and made it yourself) but it’s usually some crappy artificial powder like “Tang” or “Tom Collins mix.”
Forget all that. Make it from scratch, like I do. It’s quick and easy, and oh, so good. (Warning, it is rather sweet, containing two teaspoons of sugar — but then, that’s probably less than your average mohito…)
– Juice of 1/2 lemon
– Juice of 1/2 lime
– 2 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste; or use an equivalent amount of simple syrup)
– 1 shot of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sour mash whiskey
– 1/2 shot of Triple-sec (optional)
– 6 or 7 big ice cubes
– Club soda
– Toss the Jack Daniel’s, Triple-sec, lemon and lime juices, sugar, and three ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Shake the bejesus out of it for 20 to 30 seconds (to disolve the sugar).
– Put the remaining ice cubes in a tall, 20-ounce glass.
– Dump the contents of the shaker — ice and all — into the glass.
– Top with club soda.
– Climb into a hammock and enjoy!