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DEC 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 71 Nickelodeon-themed cocktails at Ostra Over the summer, Ostra general manager Chris Derome was so busy preparing for the opening of the restaurant (ostra means oyster in Spanish) that he forgot to take time to name the cocktails he'd created for the drink menu. "I had the recipes in ink, but for some reason the naming of things is far more difficult than their creation in my mind," he says. Derome mulled over a couple of concepts — titles of his favorite songs, puns like "Tequila Mockingbird." He even considered naming the drinks after 1987 Celtics players: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson. Two weeks before opening, he finally landed on a solution during the wee hours one night. "I just started picturing pinwheels spinning in my head, which made me think of my childhood television," he says. Derome was reminded of the Nickelodeon show Pinwheel, a Sesame Street-type show that aired during the '80s and '90s. From there, he started to think of other Nickelodeon shows, like KaBlam!, All That and Double Dare — all of which ended up being the names of the first cocktails at Ostra. Derome created a new menu for the fall and winter months but kept the "cult branding," as he calls it. Featured on the new menu is Rugrats, a vodka, star fruit and melon cocktail; Ren and Stimpy, an Old Forester and Johnnie Walker Red mash-up; Wild Thornberrys, a Negroni-style cocktail with muddled blackberry and basil; and Hey Arnold, a gin and habañero lemonade with cucumber. "Hey Arnold has lemonade in it, so it's kind of like an Arnold Palmer in my brain," he says. "Double Dare is daring you to drink mescal." There's also a selection of mocktails, or, as Derome refers to them, "Ducktails," named after the '80s Disney Channel cartoon DuckTales. "There's another 20 or 30 shows I could create cocktails for," Derome says. — Katie Molck WHAT'S IN A NAME? TRADITION The magic behind Modjeskas Now flanked by the Louisville Cream ice cream shop and farm-to-table restaurant Harvest, Muth's Candies, open since 1921, has been on the 600 block of East Market Street for the past 97 years. For almost that long, Muth's has been home to the famous Modjeska, a marshmallow dipped in caramel. "It's a little firmer than your traditional marshmallow," says Sarah Blazin, a fourth-generation family member at Muth's. "Some people would call it a deluxe marshmallow, and it's covered in caramel — but a very rich, buttery caramel." Modjeskas are Muth's top-selling candy. Six times a week during the holiday season, Muth's churns out seven batches of Modjeskas (the caramel original, milk and dark chocolate, and rolled in pecans), 550 per batch. While Blazin says her family didn't create the Modjeska, she tells me they acquired the original recipe in 1947. The backstory: In 1883, confectioner Anton Busath named his creation (previously known as the Louisville caramel biscuit) after Helena Modjeska, a Polish actress who performed in Louisville during the late 19th century. Busath wrote a letter to the actress, asking her permission to name his candy after her. "She, of course, said yes," Blazin says, "and sent back a signed portrait of herself that actually hangs at the Filson (Historical Society)." — KM Rugrats cocktail.

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