Once a year we gather around the TV, if not at Churchill Downs, for an exciting yet ever so brief race. The Kentucky Derby has been an American staple for 145 years. It is know as "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." I'd have to agree! This amazing feat of speed, agility and determination happens annually the first Saturday in May. This race is only open to 3-year Thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Derby is the first of 3 races for a horse & jockey to attain the prized title of Triple Crown winner. This title is only awarded if they win all three races.
The Belmont Stakes is the second race held on June 8th, 2019. Followed by final race, The Preakness, which will be on May 18th, 2019. Mark your calendars!
Likely one of the most famous traditions is the amazing hats. Some of which are absolutely AMAZING! Prior to race day, make sure to pick up your hat at Dee's Hats.
The traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. The Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon used to craft your cocktail.
The traditional Derby Day cocktail, and a southern ritual crafted from bourbon, simple syrup and mint.
2 oz. Woodford Reserve
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Fresh Mint Leaves
Express the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass. To the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint.
Video HERE on how to craft your perfect Mint Julep
Grab your heels, fabulous hat and your mint julep!
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