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The Kentucky Derby has some stiff competition this weekend with Cinqo de Mayo. They’re both on Saturday, so it’s time to take sides.
If you are ready for the races, and lucky enough to have a festive Derby party to attend, then it’s time to get out your hats and bow ties.
The good news: Both styles have never been hotter, thanks to our collective addiction to the Royal chapeaus, and the preppy hipster look of the bow tie. Here are a few ideas for the perfect Derby Day look:
1. Mint Julep cups, Beau Coups 2. Garden Flower Dress, Rebecca Taylor 3. Two-tone straw hat, J. Crew 4. Phillip Treacy hat, via Lousiville.com 5. Nine West sunglasses, Macy’s 6. Blenheim bow tie, Beau Ties, Ltd.
And there are, of course, the classic Southern cocktails to savor.
My favorite Derby memory is back in college when some friends and I tried to whip up some “authentic” juleps.
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Let’s just say ours was more concoction than cocktail.
Before heading to that party, remember that it’s going to be about one-quarter horse and three-quarters lively spirits and fun. So don’t forget to eat!
Try a beginner’s mint julep recipe, courtesy of AMC. Here’s to a great day at the races!
2 oz bourbon
8 sprigs of mint
1 tsp of sugar
1. Put mint and sugar with a dash of water in mixing glass.
2. Add shaved ice and bourbon. Shake until frosted and pour all into rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.