Kentucky Derby

This Saturday is the 2012 Kentucky Derby!  I have always wanted to go the Derby, not because of the races…because of the hats of course!  We usually have a little celebration on the day of the Derby as we watch the race.  Here are some ideas for your own Derby Party…

What to wear:
An outrageous hat…here’s one that I would wear…

Vineyard Vines has been named the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby and they have a new Derby collection for sale – so cute.  For guys, this belt and bowtie would be killer paired with a white shirt and navy pants:

And for the ladies, this dress is just too cute with this tote:

And What to drink:
A mint julep, of course!  Here’s a great recipe that is a little different than the normal cocktail…

Cucumber Mint Julep
from InStyle Magazine, May, 2012

3 oz. Grey Gooze vodka
1 Tbs Elderflower Liqueur
3 oz. Freshly juiced cucumber
1 1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tsp Simple syrup
2 oz. Ginger beer
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Add everything except ginger beer to a highball glass filled with ice.  Stir.  Top with ginger beer and garnish with mint.

And you must serve in a mint julep cup…

Enjoy – Happy Derby Day!

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