Two Chair Minimum….


So other than playing find the Waffle House (seriously they are EVERYWHERE) the other game I played while in the Nashville area was spot the two chairs on the front porch. They are everywhere. Everywhere. If it’s not two chairs it’s a porch swing…for two. I am quite sure that when you go to sign your final papers to get a mortgage for your house you have to prove that you own two chairs. Same goes for if you rent. “Everything looks good, just bring by the chairs that will be on the front porch and we will give you the keys”. :P

I assumed you have those two chairs on the porch so you can sit out and greet people while downing a few cocktails. My favorite of the cocktails is good ol’ Lynchburg Lemonade. I first had it at my brother’s wedding years ago where it was held in an oh so romantic plastic large 15 gallon trash can in the back. I was old enough to drink in Canada so I had some and learned how dangerous it is. Dangerous because it goes down easy but packs quite a punch.

I imagine an afternoon of sitting on your required two chairs on the front porch throwing back Lynchburg Lemonades and then getting up to stand to quickly…and then falling. But at least you are at home.

It’s hard to find black raspberries but if you can you can use all black raspberries instead of the combo of the two berries. They syrup by the way is excellent over vanilla ice cream if you get tired of drinking. It’s a perfect and dangerous spring/summer (oh heck who are we kidding autumn and winter too) drink!

Also congrats to Vicki Tunell…she is the winner of the Loveless Cafe Dessert Cookbook. Vicki please contact me so I can get that out to you. Don’t worry next post there is another cookbook giveaway!

Black Raspberry Lynchburg Lemonade


  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda
  • Blackberries, raspberries, lemon slice, and maraschino cherry for garnish
  • 1 part Black-Raspberry Whiskey Syrup (recipe follows)
  • 3 oz. raspberries
  • 3 oz. blackberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey


  1. To make the syrup:
  2. In a small saucepan add the berries and sugar. Cook over medium heat while smashing the berries a little to get their juices going.
  3. When fruit starts to release its juices let it cook down for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the whiskey and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Strain the syrup, pushing down on the fruit to make sure you get everything out of them.
  6. Add the syrup back to the saucepan and let reduce until it become thicker.
  7. Let cool completely before adding to drink.
  8. To make the drink:
  9. Mix all whiskey, triple sec, lemon and lime juice, soda, and syrup together.
  10. Pour into an ice filled glass.
  11. Add berries, lemon slice, and a maraschino cherry for garnish.


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  1. Ha! I’ve got two chairs on my little porch, and the swing is in the yard. I never realized that was such a Southern thing….

  2. I never noticed the quantity of waffle houses or two chairs on porches while in Nashville. Evidently I was missing out! I would love to have this fantastic beverage while sitting in a rocking chair on a porch.

  3. That drink looks delicious. As does cozying up on the porch. And I want to try a Waffle House already. Surrounded by IHOPs and I am not a fan. Though what I really want is a Cracker Barrel.

  4. I was sitting here trying to figure out what style of house construction is called “waffle housing” when I finally realized you meant the restaurants. I am a dope. :P I’ve made berry syrups before and put them over ice cream or in lemonade, but I never thought of putting whiskey into one. I need to try this!

  5. Laurie A. says:

    Waffle House is everywhere there… And so is Steak and Shake and Cracker Barrel. My sis-in-law has two chairs on her front porch (she lives outside Nashville). I can’t wait to make that drink. My husband loves Lynchburg Lemonade and I bet he would love this too!

  6. It’s freaking ridiculously hot in Nashville in the summer. These days, everybody has air conditioning, but in the old days, going in the house was unbearable. Two chairs on the porch is so much better than a sofa in the front yard. You must have avoided those neighborhoods. ;) Can’t wait to try this drink, hopefully while sitting in my backyard.


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