Justin Timberlake’s Lemonade Cocktail

Dec 7, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake holds the camera during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake holds the camera during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

We have got to show a bit of West Tennessee and Memphis love here. It falls right into Butch Jones’s Manifest Destiny theme of owning the entire state of Tennessee in recruiting, and it showed this past year with the flip of five-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond right out of Memphis.

So what better way to do this than with the drink of a Shelby County native and one of Tennessee’s biggest celebrities? Justin Timberlake has been advertising that 901 Tequila that he came out with, or I guess what you would now call Sauza 901.

Well, his own lemonade cocktail based on that drink has gotten critical acclaim. Apparently, it’s perfect on a golf course. You can read about all of that here.

Justin Timberlake’s Lemonade Cocktail

1 Part Tequila

2 Parts Iced Tea

2 Parts Lemonade

1/4 Part Agave Syrup

Mint Leaves and Lemon Wedges at the top

If it’s good for golfing, and it’s good for a Tennessee guy, then it must be good outside for a Tennessee Vols football game. So give this one a shot.

Old Smoky Blackberry Tea

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We are heading back to the moonshine. This time, we get to combine what is unique about the state of Tennessee by heading back to the prohibition era once again and what is unique about the south in general.

Moonshine and tea. Combining the rough and tough part of the south with the sophistication of the south. Doesn’t get much better than that, right?

So, onto the Ole Smoky Blackberry Tea. Obviously, this is an Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine based drink, coming right out of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

Information on it can be found here, and this is the recipe:

Old Smoky Blackberry Tea

1 part Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine

1 part sweetened or unsweetened tea

Lemon wheel and/or fresh mint for decoration on top of the cup

Now, you can do sweetened or unsweetened, but obviously, the southern part has to make it sweet tea. This is as Tennessee as it gets.

It has the Smoky Mountains reference in here, which is also a reference to our mascot, Smoky.    You could sell it in jars with a picture of Smoky on it if you wanted to.

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With the same amount of moonshine as tea, this will obviously be a strong drink, so be incredibly careful. One solo cup of this will have you gone. But a small glass could be the perfect amount for a Tennessee game.

So soak up the sun in East Tennessee, enjoy those Smoky Mountains, maybe go camping the night before a game, and listen to “Rocky Top” in the morning. That will get you in the mood for an Ole Smoky Blackberry Tea.