Kentucky Mama Cocktail Mardi Gras in the Bluegrass

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Dreaming of NOLA and Mardi Gras

I’ve never been to New Orleans. I had a chance to go when the UK Wildcats played there…that was before Katrina.

There’s a strong connection between Kentucky and The Crescent City. Growing up on the Ohio River, it’s not hard for me to imagine my ancestors moving corn and bourbon down the river to NOLA. Stories of the Battle of New Orleans where my forebears stacked cotton bales to rest their squirrel rifles upon fighting the “Bloody British” have been handed down for generations.

I’m not a big fan of crowds, especially rowdy ones like those in New Orleans this weekend for Mardi Gras celebrations. But, if I could perch myself on a private balcony in the French Quarter and sip a few Kentucky Mama Cocktails…..well I bet I could earn me some “really special” beads. I’m just saying…..

Kentucky Mama Cocktails, a little bit of the elite Elmer T. Lee bourbon elixir of Kentucky, a bit of coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine…….it ain’t a drink for locavores…but dang it’s good!

Happy Mardi Gras!


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About Joyce

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.