Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby hat parade is one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! This trend was established by Col. Meriwether Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby as an event that the high class would attend, very much like the European style racing events, where full morning dress for men and women was mandatory.
The extravagant hats that are associated with the Derby really started in the 1960’s, when television gave women a reason to really try to stand out. The hats never fail to impress…one of these days I’m going to get there.
(via Marie Claire ) 
And for a bit of whimsy....
And what’s a Derby Party without a Mint Julep? The traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby for almost a century. Here is the recipe for the Old Forester Mint Julep.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon
Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boing sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 6 0r 8 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 bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with fresh mint.
Who's your favorite for Saturday's race?
Until next time,

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