Kentucky Derby Weekend Special

roses_02It’s time to get ready for The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Grab your hat on – it’s Kentucky Derby Weekend!

If you need a little help with your Derby Party menu, here are a few suggestions:

Celebrate the Derby with fun and festive cocktails! Horse racing is considered the sport of kings. So feel free to go all out with Savory Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Caviar. Unless you’d prefer one or the other of Zucchini Pancakes with Tapenade and/or Crostini with Asparagus & Goat Cheese. Or try all three, they’re delicious.

It’s not a Derby without Mint Juleps:

Kentucky Mint Julep
Serves 1

1-2 tablespoons minted simple syrup
Crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon
Garnish: sprig of fresh mint

Put the syrup in a tall glass or silver Julep cup, add about 1 cup crushed ice and the bourbon. Add more ice and a splash of water to almost fill the glass. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Minted Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch mint

Put the water and sugar in a heavy saucepan. Stirring frequently, heat over medium until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and continue simmering for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the pan from the heat. Add the mint and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup, cool to room temperature and refrigerate until cold.

Can be prepared ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

When the dust has settled and roses awarded, gather around the table for a wonderful dinner: Let the jockeys and their fabulous, brightly colored silks inspire you with a Red & Green Salad to start. Next enjoy a southern-style main course with Creole Shrimp and some Cheddar-Sage Biscuits.

Top off your feast with something sweet: How about Bananas Foster or a homey Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Crème Anglaise.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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© Susan W. Nye, 2014

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