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Musical pairing – Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra

This is going to be one of those cut-to-the-chase posts primarily because I just discovered the recipe last night and because this little number is quite decadent!

You may, or may not, know that the Kentucky Derby is running this Saturday (tomorrow to be exact) and although the ladies pull out their swanky dresses and don some pretty spectacular hats, I tend to be more interested in what we’re having to drink . . . priorities, right?

My father-in-law will know everything there is to know about the horses that are running: who ran in what race and in what time, who is favored to win and he’ll have his racing form completed and ready to go. My mother-in-law will know all of the stories behind the horses, the jockeys and the owners. And I will know exactly what we’re having to drink . . . as I said priorities.

And we’ll be enjoying a Louisville Lady from Jeni of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream fame. Now if you’re wrinkling your nose, thinking ‘I don’t know Debra, mint ice cream . . . in a cocktail?’ Let me just say a resounding ‘Yes!’ and here’s why: mint ice cream, bourbon, a splash of seltzer and a sprig of mint for garnish. The menfolk who think this sounds too much like a girly drink will be missing out . . . and I’ve never known The Professor to pass up ice cream . . . ever.

I’ll be here in Indiana, sitting on the sofa with the television on, wearing my cowboy hat, lizard-skin boots and sipping one of these Louisville Ladies . . . want to join me?


  1. I adore Jeni and her splendid ice cream. I also adore bourbon. This sounds like a winner!

  2. Interesting take. Bourbon…yes please. Giggles

  3. Greg mentioned something about these last night at our creative meeting for The Table Set. I need these to happen in my life. Sounds so much more fun than a mint julep!

  4. Those boots are FABULOUS!!!

  5. Call me a lady because this look great! GREG

  6. oh wow. Drink looks incredible. Love the musical pairings you have with your posts as well. I’m so used to Brando singing this!! Very, very different ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This ain’t no drink, lady, this is dessert! Fabulous!

    Funny, as a former milliner, I have always loved looking at all the hats the women wear to these events (the fabulous and the tasteless) which in itself is a sport. And how much better with this ice cream dream in my hand??? Love it!

  8. I’d love to join you! This looks like such a refreshing drink. My Dad loved horses and used to watch all of the big races. They are a gorgeous animal and I love to watch them run…both in races and wild and free and love seeing movies/videos of horses running in slow motion. Poetry in motion I guess.

  9. Cinco de Mayo AND the Derby all in one day. Means I’ll be drinking from noon on! This sounds delish…and a reason for me to use bourbon for something other than baking or frosting huh? Ah, the sacrifices we have to make for our craft. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I might turn straight for this one. Enjoy the Derby! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. I was Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls when I was in elementary school. Still remember all the lyrics to Luck Be A Lady ๐Ÿ™‚

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