The 144th Annual Kentucky will take place on May 5th, 2018 in Louisville. Consistently held on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby holds many traditions that aren’t just about horse racing! While the race is a fan favorite year after year, many parties are centered around the attire and famous drinks that make this event stand out.
The Mint Julep is always a crowd pleaser and has been promoted by Churchill Downs since 1938! Between the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby over 120,000 are sold on a yearly basis. To make this drink you’ll just need 4 ingredients; mint leaves, Bourbon, crushed ice, and simple syrup. Traditionally served in a high ball glass or silver Julep cup, to make your race-day drink just pour in the simple syrup, ice, and bourbon and garnish with mint! For a copy of the recipe click https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mint-julep-234757here.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the culture of the Derby is the tradition to don glamorous, over-the-top, hats for the event. The bigger the hat, the better! From feathers to flowers and shrubbery these hats are definitely a fun tradition, even at the Derby parties.