For years I have been dreaming of a chance to go to the Kentucky Derby, wear a great hat, drink a Julep, see some beautiful horses and win a race for sure. It’s on my bucket list! Of course I’ll have to make sure I don’t encounter any of the seedier side of horse racing in order to truly enjoy the day. I think I’d want to hang out for a while in the paddocks and check out the stables. I wonder if they would let me bring snacks for the horses. Probably not!
Then later, I’d want to get dressed up and join the party! Check out my hat picks below.
Here is a great Julep recipe I found at Garden & Gun mag. It’s from How to Mix Drinks by Bill Edwards, published 1936 and sounds like a keeper to me.
Southern Mint Julep
1 glass of Bourbon
4 sprigs fresh mint
1/2 tbsp. powdered sugar
In a julep cup, crush the mint leaves and sugar lightly together, add bourbon and fill glass with cracked ice; stir gently until cup is frosted. Decorate on top with 3 sprigs of mint.
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|Photo by Epicurian|
|Photo by Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs|
|Photo Kentucky Derby-by Coady Photography|
The question I really have to consider is whether I would wear the Derby hat. Darn sure I’d drink the drink but the hat … not sure unless …
I might be able to pull off this look that I found on Etsy by Carolina Hat Girl …
|Photo Carolina Hat Girl|
|Photo Old Town Hat shop|
Visit the Kentucky Derby site for party ideas and more …
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