I did that on Purpose
At North of Bourbon in Louisville, Ky., beverage director and co-owner Brad Jennings created this boozy snowball in collaboration with the other owners and the bar team.
The drink starts with Big Red cream soda, which is reduced by half with a little sugar and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice. An ounce and a half of that of that is combined with an ounce and a half of vanilla bean-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka and ¼ ounce of Giffard Vanille de Madagascar Liqueur. That’s shaken with ice and strained.
Separately, an ice block put in the bar’s shaved ice machine to create a powdery snow-like texture. That’s placed in a coupe glass. The cocktail is slowly poured over that and then topped with more shaved ice. It’s finished with zig-zag strips of condensed milk.
“The significance of having hand-shaved ice cocktails on the menu is to take us back to being a kid again and remind us to have fun,” Jennings said. “With that in mind, we decided to make a Big Red syrup and use that as the foundation in a cocktail. The idea behind the name is that it may not initially make sense on the surface, but it’s all done with intent.”