The 137th Kentucky Derby Races takes place this Saturday, May 7th. Enjoy this traditional Southern spectacle and plan an elegant high society event.
Decorations & Favors: Use your finest silver, crystal, linens and china. Have large bouquets of red roses throughout your home or ask you florist to make a special horseshoe arrangement. Buy mint julep cups and give them as party favors to your guest.
Food & Drink: Serve an elegant buffet with tea sandwiches, crudites, and spring salads. Serve Mint Juleps and lemonade and treat your guest to a Kentucky Derby Pie.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
From the Examiner
1 pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup light corn syrup
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup bourbon
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, shelled and chopped in half if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll crust out.
- In a large mixing bowl, on medium speed with whisk attachment, whip butter, sugars, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and bourbon together until frothy.
- Remove bowl from mixer, and fold in chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts. Blend well.
- Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until set.
- Serve warm or cool completely before serving with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Activities: Have your flat screen tuned in to the races or rent “Seabiscuit”. Offer your guest a copy of the Daily Racing Forms and set up your own betting pool.
Costumes: Encourage your guests to wear dramatic hats and their Sunday best.
The Mint Julep
This recipe is from the official Kentucky Derby website.
The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs® and the Kentucky Derby® for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has been privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition. The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby®” for over 18 years.
Each year, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks® and Kentucky Derby®. A feat that requires over 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.
The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is a staple at the track the rest of the year as well. In fact, the Grade II Early Times Mint Julep Stakes on June 17 at Churchill Downs® is sponsored by Early Times.
You can also find the Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail at your local retailer. The commemorative bottles have become collectors’ items for many, capturing the mood and spirit of the famous Churchill Downs® track and Kentucky Derby® race. If the Early Times Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is not available from your local retailer, you can make your own with this time-honored recipe:
The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Early Times Kentucky Whisky
Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
The best times are enjoyed responsibly.
Early Times Distillery Co., Kentucky Whisky. 40% Alc. By Volume. Louisville, KY ©2006.