There is a darling couple in my town who host the most wonderful Kentucky Derby party each year. The hostess grew up in Kentucky and brought her Southern charm and hospitality to the East Coast. The mint juleps are flowing, there is some friendly wagering and Derby hats are encouraged.
Photo by Rick Schmitt
I picked up these Derby inspired napkins for them while in Dallas at one of my favorite shops, Madison.
I’ll pair them with a couple of mint julep cups ~ just to add to their growing collection.
If you want to get into the spirit of the 136th Kentucky Derby, (which is Saturday, May 1st @ 4:30pm) make the official drink, the mint julep, for you and your friends.
Here’s the original recipe:
Early Times Mint Julep
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
- 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.
Which horse are you cheering for? My money’s on: Lookin At Lucky!