It's really getting exciting around these parts of my Small Town. Tomorrow is the Kentucky Oaks Horse Race and then, drum roll please...... Saturday is the Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports history! Kentucky being such a big time Thoroughbred Horse state to begin with and then the famous horse track in Lexington, Keeneland and the superstar of horse racing, Churchill Downs in Louisville, this weekend is M.A.J.O.R. B.I.G!! We have been selling dresses and hats the past few weeks like crazy. Literally, they are flying out the doors. So now, after a long day tomorrow, I am ready to sit back and enjoy the festivities.... Here's what I've done to get ready...
Checked my herb garden for mint.... must make mint simple syrups for Kentucky Mint Julep's and have plenty for garnishing.
Cut mint and wash and let it dry. In a sauce pan, add one cup sugar and two cups water and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and had about a cup of mint leaves. Let it cool down, remove mint leaves and there you have mint simple syrup. To make your mint julep, fill a glass to the brim with crushed ice. Add your favorite bourbon (must be Kentucky Bourbon, this is the bourbon capital of the world, you know) and if it's not made in Kentucky then it's not bourbon. Add your mint simple syrup to taste, garnish with mint and enjoy.
I get out my Kentucky Derby print and put on my foyer table. This particular one is from 2010 and is my all time favorite.
I put my Lucky kitchen towel out...
Then I get out my handmade horseshoe soaps and put in all my bathrooms. These are a pretty green and scented with verbena...
All that's left is my outfit....
Saturday's menu will include:
Drunken Ribs and Chicken (BBQ sauce made with Bourbon) You can find my recipe here.
Brown Sugar and Bourbon Baked Beans
Homemade Potato Salad
Rosemary Yeast Rolls
and of course, Derby Pie!
I will share pictures and recipes next week. Hope you have a great weekend and hope that some of you enjoy the Kentucky Derby!
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Hugs, and Happy Derby,