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 KentuckyDerby.com

Photo: Weasie Gaines, via KentuckyDerby.com

Photo: Sam English, via KentuckyDerby.com

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), LaylaGrayce.com

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

Directions-

  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!