Jack of Tennessee

Jack Daniel’s is marking the centenary of its founder’s death, and importers of the whiskey are offering a few celebratory cocktails to warm up your evenings.

Jack Daniels 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Jack Daniels 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Here are 10 things you may not have known about Jack Daniel’s.
1. Jack Daniel was born in Tennessee in 1846 to a family of 13 under the name Jasper Newton Daniel 2. At the age of six he left home and started working in a small local distillery.
3. When Jack was 13, the owners sold him the distillery.
4. Looking for quality water for his whiskey, Jack moved the distillery to a small town called Lynchburg, and it took him a few more years to create the formula that became the renowned Jack Daniel’s.
5. Lynchburg is still a small town of 380 residents with only one traffic light, but there are 70 million gallons of whiskey aging in the plant at any given moment, and the square bottles are shipped to 160 countries.
6. Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling whiskey in the world.
7. Lynchburg still follows the dry law, whereby drinking in public is prohibited, there are no bars, and selling alcohol is not permitted.
8. The special taste of Jack Daniel’s is achieved while the liquid is being strained through coal, making it a whiskey in its very own category – Tennessee whiskey.
9. Jack Daniel died after kicking a safe in his office. He broke his toe, leading to gangrene, which caused his death in 1911.
10. The reason that “Old Number 7” is written on the label remains a mystery. Some say it was named for the seven women who pursued the wealthy single man, who never married.
TENNESSEE APPLE ✔ 50 ml. Jack Daniel’s ✔ 15 ml. apple schnapps ✔ 25 ml. sour mix Shake and pour into a highball glass over ice. Add a little cola and serve.
LYNCHBURG LEMONADE ✔ 50 ml. Jack Daniel’s ✔ 25 ml. sour mix ✔ 15 ml. triple sec Shake and pour into a highball glass over ice. Add a little Sprite and serve.
CRANBERRY JACK ✔ 50 ml. Jack Daniel’s ✔ 15 ml. Chambord ✔ 25 ml. cranberry juice ✔ 25 ml. sour mix Shake and pour into a lowball (oldfashioned) glass over ice.
MANHATTAN ✔ 40 ml. Jack Daniel’s ✔ 20 ml. red martini ✔ 3 drops angostura Mix well and strain into a chilled martini glass.