Food & Wine

How To Derby


We love the Kentucky Derby: the parade of amazing hats, the beautiful horses, the excitement of the race, mint juleps. It’s one of our favorite reasons for throwing a party (not that we need a reason). Here are our ideas for a fabulous gathering. Hats not optional.

What To Wear


Click to buy: Tribal Disc Popover Dress.

We love this tribal print dress: it’s elegant, adventurous, and most of all, fun, like the race itself. Perfect for a party, day or night.

And of course it wouldn’t be the derby without a great hat. We have some summery, versatile versions to choose from. Buy for the party, wear for the summer. A classic hat is always a welcome closet addition. 
Click to buy: Beach Daze Sun Hat, Ally Sun Hat.

What To Serve


Southern Living is one of our favorite magazines, and their new cookbook, The Southern Vegetable Book, by Rebecca Lang, is full of mouthwatering ideas for getting more greens on the plate. We love this delicious, healthy shrimp recipe that easily feeds a group.

Georgia Shrimp and Radish Salad

Shopping for radishes at the farmers’ market can bring you a choice selection nearly as endless as the colors of Easter eggs. Using two different radish varieties automatically gives this salad a vibrancy of textures, colors, and flavors.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. unpeeled, large raw shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. table salt, divided
  • 3⁄4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 (4-oz.) watermelon radish, cut into fourths and thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. d’Avignon radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup diced fennel bulb
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Instructions:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp, and pat dry. Sauté in a very hot cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes.
  2. Combine shrimp, olive oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together orange juice, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Pour over shrimp mixture, and toss. Serve chilled.

What To Sip


It’s not the derby without Juleps. Derby day party tip: cocktail expert Colleen Jeffers, of Good Drink, recommends using a blender to mix the mint with the bourbon. It’s easier to scale up a large batch for a crowd instead of muddling individual drinks by hand, plus the blender reduces the bitterness that can come with too much herb bruising. Check out her full recipe below.

Photo courtesy of Colleen Jeffers, of Good Drink. For more beautiful drink-spiration check out her blog, her Instagram, and her Pinterest page.

Classic Mint Julep

1 Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Bulleit™ bourbon
  • 5-8 mint leaves
  • .75 oz simple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Blend 1.5 oz bourbon with 5-8 fresh mint leaves in a blender on high speed for three seconds.
  2. Strain with a fine mesh strainer into a julep cup overfilled with crushed ice (so that the ice is raised above the lip of the cup, like a snow cone).
  3. Drizzle .75 oz simple syrup over the bourbon soaked ice.
  4. Slap a sprig of mint to release the oils, then nestle it into the ice to garnish.

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