Friday Night Cocktails: Run for the Roses

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich
Been a Kentucky favorite since it was created at the Louisville's Brown Hotel in 1926
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Mint Julep
This traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby has as many variations as there are horses in the race. The commonalities are Bourbon, Sugar, Water, Mint and Crushed Ice. The term "julep" refers to a sweet drink. This specification is in the tradition of the julep.
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Mint Julep
A Kentucky Bride with Smokey Eyes
Mezcal add a welcome note of smokiness to this riff on a Boulevardier.
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Kentucky Bride with Smokey Eyes

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Been a Kentucky favorite since it was created at the Louisville's Brown Hotel in 1926
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Prep Time 14 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course anytime
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Sauce Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 OZ Butter-unsalted
  • 2 OZ All-purpose flour
  • 8 OZ Whole milk
  • 8 OZ Heavy cream
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Percorino cheese + 1 TBSP
  • 4 Slices Thick cut, bread toasted – crusts removed
  • 14 OZ Turkey, deli, or leftover, cooked turkey. thinly sliced.
  • 4 Slices Tomato-more if they are small
  • 4 Strips Bacon – (crisply cooked)
  • Pinch Paprika
  • Pinch Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F. Center rack.
  • In a two‑quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium‑low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk heavy cream and whole milk into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2‑3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
  • For each Hot Brown, place two slices of toast with the crusts cut off in an oven safe dish – one slice is cut in half corner to corner to make two triangles and the other slice is left in a square shape – then cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and two toast points and set them alongside the base of the turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. 
  • Place the entire dish in the oven. Suggested bake time is 20 minutes at 350º. When the cheese begins to brown and bubble, remove from oven, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Notes

This is the original iconic, Hot Brown Sandwich recipe, from the Louisville Hotel.  https://www.brownhotel.com/dining/hot-brown
 
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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

This traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby has as many variations as there are horses in the race. The commonalities are Bourbon, Sugar, Water, Mint and Crushed Ice. The term "julep" refers to a sweet drink. This specification is in the tradition of the julep.
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Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Julep Tin, Collins Glass or 12 oz Glass
  • Straw

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 7 Mint Leaves or Mint Simple Syrup
  • 2 Cups Crushed Ice
  • 1 Garnish Mint Bouquet

Instructions
 

  • Add mint simple syrup to glass. If not using mint simple syrup, muddle mint leaves and simple syrup in the glass.
  • Fill glass 1/2 full of crushed ice and add Bourbon and stir.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice, forming a dome on top. Be careful not to touch the sides of the glass.
  • Garnish with mint bouquet and add the straw. Cut straw close to the edge of the drink.
Keyword bourbon, mint
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Kentucky Bride with Smokey Eyes

A Kentucy Bride with Smokey Eyes

Kentucky Bride with Smokey Eyes

A Kentucky Bride with Smokey Eyes

Mezcal add a welcome note of smokiness to this riff on a Boulevardier.
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Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Ingredients
  

  • oz Bourbon
  • ¾ oz Campari
  • ¾ oz Amaro Nonino
  • ½ oz Mezcal
  • 3 drops Ginger Bitters
  • 1 Garnish Orange Swath
  • 1 Garnish Lime Swatch

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir and strain. Pour into a double rocks glass. Add ice and garnish with orange and lime twist.
Keyword Amaro Nonino, bourbon, Campari, mezcal
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Mike’s Guacamole

Mike’s Guacamole

Michael Freise
Easy and tasty.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Serving Dish
  • Potato masher or similar tool

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Avocado's, seeded and peeled.
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 TSP Coarse salt
  • 1/2 TSP Cumin
  • 1/2 TSP Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Onion, diced I like using a red onion as it's sweeter and adds color.
  • 1/2 Jalapeno-seeded and minced You can use more if you like it spicier
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and minced.
  • 1 TBSP Cilantro-chopped.
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 TSP Chipotle powder
  • 1/4 TSP Smoked paprika
  • 1 Pinch Coarse black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. 
  • Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. You'll need a tablespoon for later, so you may need more lime juice. Depends on the limes.
  • Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. We like our guacamole sort of chunky, so I don't mash it smooth. Now gently add/fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve. 
  • I like to cover this tightly with saran wrap. After the hour, store in the refrigerator, (if there is any left.)
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Friday Night Cocktails: Holy Guacamole

Mike’s Guacamole
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Classic Margarita
This cocktail hits all of the right notes; salty and sour with a hint of sweet.
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Lazy Tiger
This signature cocktail of the Lazy Tiger bar in St. Louis MO is garnished with a zesty spiced orange wedge.
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Lazy Tiger