Click the link to read the complete Prescription Julep recipe. (Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Click the link to read the complete Prescription Julep recipe. (Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Kentucky Derby Recipes is a group of recipes collected by the editors of NYTCooking.com. Find milk punch, fried chicken, grits, Derby pie and more. (Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Kentucky Derby Recipes is a group of recipes collected by the editors of NYTCooking.com. Find milk punch, fried chicken, grits, Derby pie and more. (Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

This splendidly summery concoction is proof that punch, often associated with fall and winter holidays, can be made seasonal with the delicate spring sweetness of strawberries, and summery with the tropical tang of limes. Sure, you could settle for a vodka base, but bourbon adds a marvelous backbone of vanilla richness. Or make it without alcohol and serve at a children’s party. (Photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times)

Too Hot to Hoot Punch

This splendidly summery concoction is proof that punch, often associated with fall and winter holidays, can be made seasonal with the delicate spring sweetness of strawberries, and summery with the tropical tang of limes. Sure, you could settle for a vodka base, but bourbon adds a marvelous backbone of vanilla richness. Or make it without alcohol and serve at a children’s party. (Photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times)

My friend Lu Ratunil was the man behind the bar on Sundays at Good World, my favorite brunch spot when I was still the sort of person who went out to brunch. He considers himself a bit of a purist when it comes to bloody marys, explaining that ‘‘since the drink has so many ingredients, the key is to balance them.’’ (Photo: Sarah Anne Ward for The New York Times)

My friend Lu Ratunil was the man behind the bar on Sundays at Good World, my favorite brunch spot when I was still the sort of person who went out to brunch. He considers himself a bit of a purist when it comes to bloody marys, explaining that ‘‘since the drink has so many ingredients, the key is to balance them.’’ (Photo: Sarah Anne Ward for The New York Times)

The Kentucky Derby is run the first Saturday in May, and in addition to bourbon-heavy mint juleps, hot browns, burgoo and other Kentuckified foods, Derby wouldn't be complete without Derby pie. (I should say so-called Derby pie, because by trademark, only Alan Rupp, of Kern's Kitchen Inc., can make a true ''Derby pie'' -- though to my mind, a batter of melted butter, egg yolks, flour, chocolate chips and walnuts poured into a pie crust seems as elemental and universally delicious as ice…

The Kentucky Derby is run the first Saturday in May, and in addition to bourbon-heavy mint juleps, hot browns, burgoo and other Kentuckified foods, Derby wouldn't be complete without Derby pie. (I should say so-called Derby pie, because by trademark, only Alan Rupp, of Kern's Kitchen Inc., can make a true ''Derby pie'' -- though to my mind, a batter of melted butter, egg yolks, flour, chocolate chips and walnuts poured into a pie crust seems as elemental and universally delicious as ice…

The Kentucky Derby is run the first Saturday in May, and in addition to bourbon-heavy mint juleps, hot browns, burgoo and other Kentuckified foods, Derby wouldn't be complete without Derby pie. (I should say so-called Derby pie, because by trademark, only Alan Rupp, of Kern's Kitchen Inc., can make a true ''Derby pie'' -- though to my mind, a batter of melted butter, egg yolks, flour, chocolate chips and walnuts poured into a pie crust seems as elemental and universally delicious as ice…

The Kentucky Derby is run the first Saturday in May, and in addition to bourbon-heavy mint juleps, hot browns, burgoo and other Kentuckified foods, Derby wouldn't be complete without Derby pie. (I should say so-called Derby pie, because by trademark, only Alan Rupp, of Kern's Kitchen Inc., can make a true ''Derby pie'' -- though to my mind, a batter of melted butter, egg yolks, flour, chocolate chips and walnuts poured into a pie crust seems as elemental and universally delicious as ice…

Recipe: Cucumber sandwiches || Photo: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Recipe: Cucumber sandwiches || Photo: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Recipe: Fannie Lou's thoroughbred (almost derby) pie || Photo: Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Recipe: Fannie Lou's thoroughbred (almost derby) pie || Photo: Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Recipe: Southern pan-fried chicken || Photo: Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times

Recipe: Southern pan-fried chicken || Photo: Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times

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