Friday, May 22, 2009

Cornbread and Daiquiris -- crazy but true!

May 18, 2009: Cornbread 'n Cocktails - Elegant, Fresh, Stunning Strawberry Ones

Cocktailateur Mick JeffriesThis week a wondrous add-on event increased our joy -- earthly joy, though it almost seemed divine in some ways. Neighbor and cocktail historian, advocate, and inventor Mick Jeffries brought an entire cocktail production system across the street and set up shop in the Campsie dining room, muddling fresh Harrison County strawberries, adding the right amounts of fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and rum, chilling with ice - and straining the luscious light, tart-sweet, cold-but-not-frozen mixture into adorable tiny footed glasses.

Historian Mick taught us that cocktails originally were small sips. And with his muddling stick and pure ingredients he wiped out any memory of any sick-pink-frozen strawberry daiquiri ever sold at a chain restaurant. A thousand thank-yous to Mick for his generosity and good spirit(s).

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

My special guest, a close personal friend

... and one of the hardest-working people in show business: Miss Donna
Thorndale, revisiting WRFL after all these years. Yay, Donna! (photo
by Ainsley)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Peter Brotzmann / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits Trio

Peter Brotzmann / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits Trio
Originally uploaded by mrtoastey

Amazing free (and free) Jazz show sponsored by WRFL-Lexington with the mesmerizing Peter Brotzmann / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits Trio, at The Red Mile Round Barn. What musicians. What a location. What an evening!

Here is the whole set on Flickr.

Thanks to Ross and The Lexington Project, too!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

My commissioned Derby cocktails in the news

I had the wonderful privelege of creating two cocktails for the owners of 2009 Kentucky Derby entry Friesan Fire. Here's some media coverage of the commissions.
Ace Weekly

Derby favorite Friesan Fire's commissioned cocktail

By Kakie Urch
The newest trend for the ultra folks is a commissioned cocktail. So, the Lexington-based owners of the Derby horse that starts this morning as the favorite, Friesan Fire, commissioned mixologist and "Trivial Thursdays" host Mick Jeffries to create two distinct cocktails for their A.P. Indy-sired entry. Friesan Fire is owned by Vinery, the farm of Dr. Tom Simon of Lexington and Mallorca, Spain and Fox Hill Farms' Richard Porter, Hobe Sound, Fla.

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Friday, May 01, 2009

The Friesan Flower by Mick Jeffries

The Friesan Flower by Mick Jeffries
Originally uploaded by mrtoastey

The Friesan Flower
• ½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
• 3 oz. Bollinger Champagne
• 1 tsp. Créme de Violette Austrian Violet Liqueur
• 1 red tea rose with a 5” stem

One of two cocktails created by me on commission for the owners of 2009 Kentucky Derby horse Friesan Fire.