Carey Jones and myself came up with ‘The Red Dog‘ cocktail in under 30-minutes. We were part of a group of bloggers invited to Lynchburg, Tennessee for Jack Daniel’s Camp Jack. During our stay the fine folks at JD challenged us to create a cocktail in 30-minutes or less. The winner would take home a signed bottle of Jack Daniel’s: Sinatra Select. Guess who won?

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The inspiration for The Red Dog came from Jack Daniel’s two saloons he owned: The White Rabbit and the less famous, The Red Dog. We of course had to pay homage to the underdog.

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The judge who ended up picking us as the winner was Nashville local bartender, Matt Tocco. He judged the cocktails on criteria that included its presentation, taste, story, and connection to Jack Daniel.

The Red Dog Recipe


  • 2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 oz. Maple syrup
  • 1 dash Woodford Reserve
  • Sassafras and Sorghum Bitters
  • Float of sparkling apple cider
  • Garnish with lemon twist


Shake Single Barrel, lemon juice, vinegar, syrup and bitters over ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Top with sparkling cider and a generous lemon twist.