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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?
JENI’S LOUISVILLE LADY
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home
- 2 small scoops Backyard Mint Ice Cream (you can use your favorite mint ice cream – just don’t use green mint ice cream!)
- 2 ounces bourbon
- Soda water
- Mint sprig
- Scoop ice cream into a pint glass.
- Pour the bourbon over and top with soda water
- Garnish with mint
- Wear the hat of your choice
- Root for your favorite horse and/or jockey
- Repeat if necessary
We cannot recommend Jeni’s book enough – it is, hands down, our favorite cookbook for ice cream on our home shelves – and that’s saying something considering The Professor is somewhat of an ice cream aficionado. And did you know that Jeni has been nominated for a James Beard Award for this book? Congrats and good luck Jeni!