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Old 03-26-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Hey y'all! I'm thinking about throwing a Derby party this year, just a relaxed, casual event for some friends and family. The thing is, I've never hosted a Derby party before so I was hoping to get some advice. We are thinking about grilling, having lots of food and booze of course, putting out the cornhole boards and doing some kind of betting thing. Think back to Derby parties you've been to in the past; what makes a great party and what should I avoid? Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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other than letting someone else throw it and not have to deal with the stress, It sounds like you got the makins of a great party!P.S Dont forget the Mint Julips!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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I'm doing something similar this year. Does anyone have a recipe on how to make a Mint Julep?
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Burlington, KY
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Mint Julep Recipe:

Drive to Liquor Barn
Buy bottle of mint Julep (makers or evan williams i believe are the easiest to find)



The premixed are the same thing they sell to most at churchhill and will make life pretty easy. If you actually want the real thing, try a google search, i'm sure it will turn up a recipe.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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Mint Julep Recipe:

Drive to Liquor Barn
Buy bottle of mint Julep (makers or evan williams i believe are the easiest to find)



The premixed are the same thing they sell to most at churchhill and will make life pretty easy. If you actually want the real thing, try a google search, i'm sure it will turn up a recipe.
haha, okay, good to know. That should be easy enough
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:32 AM
 
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In case anyone wants to make them from scratch, it's not that difficult especially if you make the simple syrup ahead of time. This is the way my Dad used to make them each year (his family's from KY originally).

Outstanding
Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea.


Yield: Makes 1 (8-ounce) julep


Ingredients
  • 3 fresh mint leaves<LI sizset="107" sizcache="11">1 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) bourbon
  • 1 (4-inch) cocktail straw or coffee stirrer
  • 1 fresh mint sprig
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
Preparation

Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice. Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
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