Derby Delicacies

I can’t believe I let the Kentucky Derby pass us by without writing a word!  Well that changes now.

For those of you unfamiliar with the customs surrounding the Derby, you should know that the millinery is almost as important as the horse racing.  So much so that there is as much time dedicated to people watching as there is to following the race!

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year’s event:

Photo: Churchill Downs, via

Photo: Weasie Gaines, via

Photo: Sam English, via

Another grand Derby tradition is Kentucky’s own cocktail, the Mint Julep.  Served in a silver cup, this beverage gets its kick from the state’s number one export: Bourbon (okay, I don’t really know if it’s the number 1 export- it just sounded better that way!).

The Cup:

Set of 4 Mint Julep Cups ($94),

The Cocktail:

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 10-12 mint leaves (plus sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 oz of Kentucky Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice
  • Soda water


  1. Add mint, sugar bourbon and ice to a shaker.  Shake vigorously.
  2. Split contents between two julep glasses.
  3. Top with soda water and garnish.
  4. Enjoy.

Oh!  And if you rather your cocktail be a dessert, check out this delicious recipe for Mint Julep Ice Cream!




  1. Yum! Mint Julep ice cream! Sounds delish! My parents went and had a great time before my dad passed away–I’d really like to go one of these days!

    xo Mary Jo

  2. Oh how I want to rock a giant hat at the Derby! One of these days…

  3. In all my 50 odd years, I have NEVER been to a horserace! I DO however, love HATS!!!!

  4. Oooh. That peacock hat is HOT! One of these days. . .I’m with Kristin, I am so going to bust out in a hat that will be crazily wonderful.

    I feel its my destiny. I was born in Kentucky. Until then I’ll be sippin on that Mint Julep.

  5. I love seeing the different hats at the Kentucky Derby too. This year watching it on television reminded me of the Royal Wedding:)

  6. I remember the scene in “My Fair Lady” when they visited a race & all the amazing hats that were worn, as much a part of the event as the race itself. I’ve been to Kentucky, but never the Derby & I’ve never tried a mint julep, so I’ll have to try one out sometime soon.

  7. Yep, I never heard of the Mint Julep. I love those hats though! So Fun

    Live Life in Style

  8. Yum! Mint juleps are good, I also like the Cuban version – Mojitos.

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