The “most exciting two minutes in sports” deserves an equally exciting celebration, don’t you think? Here’s how we’re gearing up for the big day:
1. The hat.
This is a must. Go big here! Come in to one of our shops for inspiration. We’ve got exotic feathers, statement pins and gorgeous scarves; we’ll show you how to use them to create a custom look that’s sure to turn heads.
2. The drink.
There is only one choice here: a classic Kentucky mint julep.
Traditionally served in silver Julep cups, this robust and refreshing cocktail is the perfect balance of mint, sweet, and strong. Here’s the way we like to make ‘em:
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1 ounce minted simple syrup
- 2 ounces bourbon
- mint sprigs + mint leaves
For minted simple syrup:
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 large bunch mint leaves
To make the simple syrup, combine the water and sugar in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved. Take pan off heat, add mint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain, then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours.
Place mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and pour in the 2 ounces of bourbon and 1 ounce of simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes and shake.
To highball glass or silver Julep cup, add crushed ice. Strain the cocktail from the shaker into the cup. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves and a straw.
3. The race.
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it!
Clearly this event is all about the anticipation. We think it’s a great excuse for a creative party. If you’re with us, start planning now: Derby Day is on May 2 this year.
So there you have it: the hat, the drink, the race.
Get ready, get set, go!