Delicious Drinks to Pair With the Many Events Happening This Weekend

Not only is it a busy weekend here in the lake area with the Magic Dragon Car Show happening up the street from JB Hook's and the Spring Harbor Hop cruising back and forth below us on the water, but there's also more! Saturday, May 4, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast on our TVs in the piano bar and on Sunday, May 5, according to the calendar, it's Cinco de Mayo. (Margaritas anyone?) In today's blog, our Lake of the Ozarks bar has a few drink ideas that pair perfectly with all of these events and celebrations.

The Kentucky Derby
This year will mark the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Fine thoroughbreds will compete for the crown and everyone watching will be donning their finest and sipping classic Southern cocktails. Kentucky bourbon seems like the perfect drink to enjoy while watching the race and JB Hook's has a couple of signature bourbon cocktails that you're going to love.

Kentucky Bourbon Smash
Four Roses Bourbon, fresh sour, and a splash of club soda

Louisville Mule
Maker's Mark Bourbon, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Harbor Hop
Our Lake of the Ozarks lake view restaurant may not sit directly on the water, but we do have a breathtaking 14-mile panoramic view of the lake from every room in the building. If you aren't going to be on the water during the event, you can still join us and enjoy watching all of the boat traffic cruising by. Our talented bartenders can mix a summertime cocktail to rival any waterfront bar, including those delicious frozen drinks. These two, for example, are very popular.

Hooked Lakewater
Our recipe blends coconut rum and fruity cordials with pineapple juice.

Vanilla ice cream blended with Irish cream, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka

Magic Dragon Car Show
The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip features classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles that make you feel as if you've stepped back in time. Something "old fashioned" to drink is a wonderful idea. Also, in honor of the classic song that has you"finding a thrill on Blueberry Hill," you might want to give our Blueberry Nights Martini a try. 

Grandma's Old Fashion
Makers Mark, muddled blueberries, orange bitters, cinnamon simple syrup, and a splash of club soda

Blueberry Nights Martini
Blueberry vodka, blueberry liqueur, and vanilla vodka

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is all about tequila, margaritas, and tacos! Well, at least it is in regards to food and drinks. Our Ahi Tuna Tacos aren't your typical taco, but they are incredibly delicious and during our all-day Sunday Happy Hour in the bar area, you can enjoy them for half-price! We have a long list of specialty margaritas available, a couple of which we have highlighted below. You may also choose to end your evening with an after-dinner Mexican Coffee.

Hooked Perfect Blue Rita
Crafted from Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, and the rest... well, that's our delicious secret!

The Patron
Patron Reposado Tequila, Patron Citronage, sweet & sour, and orange juice

Mexican Coffee
Fresh coffee with tequila and Kahlua

We've got a lot more drink ideas where these came from plus the most exquisite fine dining at the Lake of the Ozarks to eat alongside them. There's are all kinds of fun things going on around the lake area this weekend but making the effort to spend some of your time at JB Hook's between all of those other events will be well worth it!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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