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Kentucky Derby Day Recipes and More!

Find everything Kentucky Derby-related—Derby day fashion, the perfect Mint Julep recipe, how to plan a Kentucky Derby party, and more. You won't need to make the trip to Churchill Downs to experience all the Derby has to offer.

The Cocktail | When it comes to a race day cocktail, nothing but a classic will do. | SouthernLiving.com

A Kentucky Derby Soiree

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Kentucky Derby table | To create an elegantly rustic table, designer Katherine Veitschegger layered luxe lace and more organic burlap from La Tavola Linen. A floral runner gives a dose of opulence. | SouthernLiving.com

A Kentucky Derby Soiree

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The Invitations | Derby-inspired paper goods cast in a rosy shade set the tone for the event from the very start. | SouthernLiving.com

A Kentucky Derby Soiree

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Kentucky Derby Party Inspiration | Burlap, lace, red roses, and burnished antiques set the tone for a Kentucky Derby party for two. | SouthernLiving.com

A Kentucky Derby Soiree

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Derby Cheese Hat | No derby celebration is complete without the proper hat; this one is edible. Use rounds of garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese and Brie as a base, and create your own design with ribbon and herbs. Serve with assorted crackers and precut veggies. | SouthernLiving.com

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

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Classic Mint Julep | The classic version is served in silver julep cups. These are filled to the rim with a refreshing concoction of the finest bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint, and crushed ice. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep. | SouthernLiving.com

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

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Mint Julep Gelées | To make these less strong, increase cold water to 2¼ cups and reduce bourbon to ¾ cup. | SouthernLiving.com

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

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#KentuckyDerby Party Checklist | The food, cocktails, decorations, and games to throw a Louisville-Inspired bash | SouthernLiving.com

Kentucky Derby Party Checklist

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Head-to-Toe #KentuckyDerby Fashion Guide—The #KentuckyDerby isn’t all about the horses. It has become a place to see and be seen. Use our guide on #KentuckyDerby fashion so you’ll fit right in. | SouthernLiving.com

Head-to-Toe Kentucky Derby Fashion Guide

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What a Kentucky Bourbon Aficionado Drinks on Race Day—Julian Van Winkle, president of the legendary Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Frankfort, shares his go-to cocktail. | #KentuckyDerby | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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The Ultimate Julep Bar—Pair your Derby Julep with any of our flavored syrups to make it worthy of your finest pewter. | #KentuckyDerby | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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#Derby Truffles—These make-ahead gems are easy enough for casual get-togethers and fancy enough for special occasions. | #KentuckyDerby | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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Watercress Canapés—Create color with cucumbers, yellow squash, candy-cane beets, salmon caviar, zucchini, herbs, radishes, sprouts, and other fresh finds. | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits—Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits with Figgy Port Chutney, Blue Cheese Butter, and Ginger Ale-Brown Sugar Smoked Ham make up this delectable #KentuckyDerby sandwich. | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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Whipped Lemon Aïoli—Indulgent and lightly flavored, this dip is the perfect partner to colorful spring veggies such as green and purple endive; assorted radishes; and blanched, chilled asparagus and haricots verts (tiny green beans). | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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Spring-on-a-Plate Salads—Look for tender, fresh baby greens and microgreens at your local farmers’ market; they should be abundant this time of year. Soaking vegetables in ice water crisps them up. | SouthernLiving.com

Roasted Brown-Butter Pecans with Rosemary—Make two batches of these salty but slightly sweet pecans if you have a large crowd. You can store them in an airtight container up to 3 days, or freeze up to 1 month. | SouthernLiving.com

Toast to the Derby

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