Sharon Thompson: Bourbon cocktail contest rules include one that's key: nothing pink

swthompson@herald-leader.com,Sharon ThompsonAugust 23, 2012 

In its search for an official drink, the Bourbon Women Association is challenging mixologists to create a signature cocktail.

The "Not Your Pink Drink" contest encourages professional and amateur mixologists to create a cocktail that reflects the sassy spirit of the organization. Entries must include bourbon and at least two other ingredients, and the drink can't be pink.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 1. Winners in each division, professional and amateur, will be announced at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown in September and will be declared the official cocktail of the association for one year. Contest rules are at Bourbonwomen.org.

New cheese on the block

Boone Creek Creamery is producing a new cheese flavor: Mama Mia. It's similar to a provolone with Italian spices. Artisan cheesemaker Ed Puterbaugh will have it and other cheeses at Lexington Farmers Market at Cheapside Park on Saturdays and Southland Drive on Sundays. He will sell handmade mozzarella at the markets until mid-September. Boone Creek is at 2462 Palumbo Drive. Call (859) 402-2364 or go to Boonecreekcreamery.com.Progresso has a new line, Recipe Starters, that helps busy cooks get a head start on dinner. The cooking sauces are available in five varieties: creamy portobello mushroom, creamy three cheese, creamy Parmesan basil, creamy roasted garlic, and fire-roasted tomato. The cost is $2.49 for an 18-ounce can. Recipes are available at Progresso.com.

Flavorful vinegars

Southern Skillet Vinegars is taking comfort food to a new level. The Alabama company makes small-batch boutique vinegars that are hand-bottled and aged over several years.

The vinegars are made from local, vine-ripe fruits and vegetables, and this year's batch includes tomato, blueberry, and red and white muscadine. Products are available at Southernskilletvinegar.com or Amazon.com.

The Web site features recipes from Martha Hall Foose, author of a James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, and of A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories From Close to Home.

Upcoming original recipes using Southern Skillet Vinegars will include creations by Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant in Charleston, S.C.; John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss.; and Tasia Malakasis of Belle Chevre, a fromagerie in Elkmont, Ala.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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