Thursday, May 04, 2006

Kentucky Derby

The company I work for was started in Lexington Kentucky, they've also got an office in Louisville. Needless to say, a lot of people around here are big on the Kentucky Derby, which takes place this Saturday May 6th. I've never been to the in-field, but from what I've heard it's a massive party centered on a day of horse racing and the gambling that ensues.

This weekend people will crowd the Infield in Louisville.

As far as I'm concerned the two most marquee elements of the Derby are Women wearing crazy old-school / big ass hats and mint juleps. The big ass hat tradition seems to be a hold over from a simpler time when women were relegated to "object" status and men were "true citizens".

I thought it might be neat to throw a Derby party this Saturday, but Traci reminded me that Friday is Cinco De Mayo (back to back drinking holidays are a no no). Anyway if you or anyone else is going to throw a Derby party, here's a Mint Julep recipe.

Mint Julep
This recipe is adapted from Southern Living Magazine.
  • A 10-ounce glass filled with crushed ice
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 small cocktail straw to stir drink
Place 2 tablespoons of mint simple syrup and four mint leaves into a 10-ounce glass. Press the mint leaves into the glass using the back of a spoon to release the flavor. Add two ounces Kentucky Bourbon and add 2 tablespoons of the mint simple syrup to the glass.

Mint Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 sprigs of fresh mint
Add sugar to boiling water. Continue to boil for about five minutes, or until sugar dissolves; do not stir.
Place 8 sprigs of mint in an airtight, plastic container, and pour the sugar-and-water mixture over the mint. Refrigerate.

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  1. Just for the record, I didn't say anything about back to back drinking holidays...why not?! But our house is just under construction a bit, so I thought we could wait for a couple weeks to have a spring/summer party. If anyone else wants to throw a Derby Party, that would be cool. I have no problem with wearing big ass hats!!

  2. Interesting...a blog first....a domestic scuffle...:)

  3. On the mint julep bit - there is a $1000 mint julep being offered this year that I read about a few weeks ago:

    As for the party, I can confirm that the inner portion of the track is the place to be. Some of my girlfriends went down a few years ago and said it was a huge get drunk/get high event. But, supposedly alcohol is not allowed inside the track so they smuggled in booze in zip lock bags stuffed inside their bras - which apparently was the thing to do.