The Mint Julep is practically synonymous with Derby; the Grey Goose Oaks Lily made its mark on the Kentucky Oaks, of course. But, yet to be determined is the drink of choice for Thunder Over Louisville â€“ the official kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival.
That all could change, however, with 2013â€™s installment of one of the largest annual fireworks spectacles in North America. Set for April 20, Thunder Over Louisville will dazzle an estimated 700,000 attendees with a fantastic and memorable event themed â€œThunder Vision,â€ a tribute to classic and modern television shows.
To accompany the theme, Brown-Formanâ€™s Chief Entertaining Officer Tim Laird created specialty cocktails paired perfectly with several of the famous TV show theme songs youâ€™ll hear during the fireworks display in downtown Louisville next month. Below, youâ€™ll find Lairdâ€™s delectable recipes sure to inspire nostalgia of TV programs and characters of the past, and enhance the excitement surrounding another unforgettable Derby season.
â€“ Ashley Anderson, Staff Writer, The Voice-TribuneÂ
Aunt Beeâ€™s Buzz
In a tall glass with ice add:
1Â½ ounces Jack Danielâ€™s Tennessee Honey
4 ounces ginger beer
Squeeze of lime
Garnish with a lime wedge.
In a shaker with ice add:
1Â½ ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
2 ounces lemonade
1 ounce cranberry juice
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.
Garnish with a rosemary spear to emulate a Ponderosa Pine.
Gilliganâ€™s Pineapple Rita
In a pitcher add:
2 cups Herradura Silver tequila
2 cups Tuaca Italian liqueur
2 cups fresh lime juice
2Â½ cups pineapple juice
Stir and pour over crushed ice.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Make salt rimmed glasses ahead of time but only salt half the glass so your guests can have salt or no salt.
In a mixing glass muddle and mash two blackberries then add:
1 ounce Finlandia Vodka
Â½ ounce Chambord liqueur
3 ounces lemonade
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a blackberry.
In a rocks glass with ice add:
1Â½ ounces Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
3 ounces cranberry juice
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a star fruit slice or cherry.
Fire with all the Works
In a shaker with ice add:
1Â½ ounces Early Times Fire Eater whiskey
2 ounces cranberry juice
Shake and strain into rocks glass with ice.
Top with 2 ounces of Sprite.
Tim loves this cocktail as the garnish floats up and down in the glass creating its own display of sparkling fireworks.
Pour into a white wine glass:
6 ounces Korbel Brut California Champagne
Â½ ounce Tuaca Italian liqueur
Garnish with five to six dried cranberries.