Tim Laird’s Thunder Vision Cocktails

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 – the official kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival.

That all could change, however, with 2013’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 “Thunder Vision,” a tribute to classic and modern television shows.

To accompany the theme, Brown-Forman’s Chief Entertaining Officer Tim Laird created specialty cocktails paired perfectly with several of the famous TV show theme songs you’ll hear during the fireworks display in downtown Louisville next month. Below, you’ll find Laird’s delectable recipes sure to inspire nostalgia of TV programs and characters of the past, and enhance the excitement surrounding another unforgettable Derby season.
– Ashley Anderson, Staff Writer, The Voice-Tribune 

Aunt Bee's Buzz.

Aunt Bee’s Buzz.

Aunt Bee’s Buzz

In a tall glass with ice add:
1½ ounces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
4 ounces ginger beer
Squeeze of lime
Garnish with a lime wedge.

Bourbon Bonanza

In a shaker with ice add:
1½ 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.

Gilligan's Pineapple Rita.

Gilligan’s Pineapple Rita.

Gilligan’s Pineapple Rita

In a pitcher add:
2 cups Herradura Silver tequila
2 cups Tuaca Italian liqueur
2 cups fresh lime juice
2½ 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.

Munster’s Mash

In a mixing glass muddle and mash two blackberries then add:
1 ounce Finlandia Vodka
½ ounce Chambord liqueur
3 ounces lemonade
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a blackberry.

Roman Candle.

Roman Candle.

Red Starburst

In a rocks glass with ice add:
1½ 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:
1½ ounces Early Times Fire Eater whiskey
2 ounces cranberry juice
Shake and strain into rocks glass with ice.
Top with 2 ounces of Sprite.

Roman Candle

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
½ ounce Tuaca Italian liqueur
Garnish with five to six dried cranberries.