Sorry I didn’t post Sunday; I was back home, attending a friend’s baby shower.
The shower had a barnyard theme which included lemonade and sweet tea in mason jars. Everyone cooed over the cleverness (Pinterest, in case you’re interested) and I, of course, had to try one. However, I think that the real highlight (refreshment-wise) was the Ale-8. It’s a soft drink that you either love or hate, but that you can only find in Kentucky.
Someone complained — why were they including Ale-8 in the barn theme, were they saying it was a farm drink? I didn’t quite follow the logic, but I think they were thinking the farm theme equated the drink to a hillbilly favorite…something akin to my fear of how Kentucky would be portrayed in Justified. I quickly jumped in that I had already made my mandatory Kroger run to stock up. I have had friends and family bring a case when they come for a visit. And I ration it.
When I moved away from Kentucky, I thought of all the things I’d miss and a mild and creamy ginger ale type drink didn’t make my list. And then I couldn’t get it any more. It’s amazing what you start to crave.
When I mentioned this, several of the people at the shower didn’t know that it wasn’t available outside of Kentucky*. It’s actually difficult to find outside of central Kentucky…it’s that exclusive.
And I really want it to show up on Justified (in the Lexington scenes, not the Harlan scenes). I haven’t seen the move Elizabethtown, but remember fellow Kentuckians being excited that the stars were drinking Ale-8 in the movie.
While I guess it would technically be a prop, it seems to me that small details like a regional soft drink really help to add to the setting…almost as much as mountains and the correct El stop.
Do you have a regional favorite of your hometown that would make your day if it showed up in a story?
*Actually, as of 2002, they do sell it in some counties in Indiana and Ohio, and I recently found out that a bar in Chicago serves it.