Kentucky Derby Hats.

Some say the Kentucky Derby is the greatest tradition of all time here in the South. It certainly comes with some good equestrian tradition, like getting all dressed up and enjoying a classic Mint Julep cocktail along with a slice of Pecan Bourbon Pie.

But perhaps one of the biggest traditions, and as a hat-wearer, one of my favorites is the wearing of the biggest Derby Hats. Folks go all out sourcing or decorating their hats for the Derby Day, the bigger and bolder the better.

You know I’m more in the classic, but I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite hats that would be perfect for making a statement at the Kentucky Derby (or Derby Party!) this year. Love to know your favorites!


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Garden Fresh Mint Juleps.

It’s that special time of year where entertaining is at its peak, thanks to all this beautiful weather and sunshine. And today I’m celebrating with a fresh, seasonal cocktail recipe. With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, a Mint Julep seemed like the perfect fit.

Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed

The key ingredient to a Mint Julep is fresh mint (well, and bourbon …). Luckily, my herb garden is going absolutely crazy right now and my sprawling mint is nearly covering all the beds in my front garden. It does makes for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover, but beware as it will certainly takeover your garden if you let it.

Fresh Mint at heirloomed

I came across these amazing vintage julep cups in one of my favorite vintage shops in Chamblee, GA. They are just perfect for serving Mint Juleps in year-round, but especially for the tradition of the Kentucky Derby.

Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed
Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed

HERB GARDEN MINT JULEP JARS

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Mint Juleps are best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. They make the perfect seasonal refreshment.

ingredients:

For the Mint Juleps
  • 1 ½ parts Bourbon
  • 2 springs fresh Mint
  • 2 TBSP mint simple syrup
  • Splash of cold water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice

instructions:

How to cook HERB GARDEN MINT JULEP JARS

  1. Pluck the leaves from one spring of mint to flil the bottom of your larger jar. Add mint simple syrup and using a muddler or end of a wooden spoon or rolling pin, muddle together your mint leaves with simple syrup, bourbon and water. Fill your small jar with crushed ice and pour mixture over on top. Sift powdered sugar on top and garnish with remaining spring of mint. Enjoy!
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