Thirsty Third Thursdays Special Summer Cocktail - Cheekwood
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Published: June 14, 2021

It’s summertime at Cheekwood, and the first of five Thirsty Third Thursdays is right around the corner. From June to October, Cheekwood hosts cocktail crawls every third Thursday evening featuring samples of specialty cocktails from our favorite spirit providers. To kick off this festive ticketed event on June 17th, we will be creating specialty concoctions with the use of Cathead liquors.

Cathead distillery, located in Jackson, Mississippi, was founded by Austin Evans and Richard Patrick in 2010. The term “Cathead” is an old-time compliment in Mississippi originally used by blues musicians to pay respect to fellow artists. Cathead Distillery currently produces six products in small batches: Cathead Original Vodka, Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Cathead Bitter Orange Vodka, Bristow Gin, Hoodoo Chicory Liquor, and Old Soul Bourbon Whiskey.


One of featured cocktails, the Ruby Red Rabbit, ties in with Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! art exhibit on display throughout the gardens. Kenney’s red rabbit is one of many LEGO® sculptures found throughout our gardens this summer. The Ruby Red Rabbit cocktail consists of Cathead Original Vodka, citrus tones of grapefruit, and a slight herbal hint of rosemary infused simple syrup – all coming together to create a refreshing summer beverage. This cocktail is easy to make at home, but even better enjoyed while strolling through our lush gardens on a summer evening.


  • 1.5 ounces Cathead Original Vodka
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce of rosemary infused simple syrup
  • Sprig of Rosemary, for garnish

Pour vodka and grapefruit juice into an old fashioned glass over ice cubes. Splash simple syrup into the glass and give it a swirl with a straw. For a festive finish, garnish the cocktail a rosemary spruce.

Thirsty Third Thursdays will take place June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, & October 21st.

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