Derby Day Essentials

Talk Derby to me. Yes, I know it’s over said…but there aren’t many Saturdays I love more than Derby Day!

If you’re looking for a fun, simple way to celebrate The Run for the Roses, I have a couple ideas for you.

First off, it’s not too late to grab a couple inexpensive hats or fascinators for your guests. There are a couple on Amazon, here.

You can always snag some fake roses at the Dollar Store or Home Goods for a reasonable price, or search Derby party ideas on Amazon.

But most importantly, we must talk about the FOOD and DRINK! Yes, the beloved Mint Juleps and Pimento Cheese sandwiches are a must for your Derby party.

I’m going to be doing a lot of meal prep tomorrow (the Friday before the Derby) so I can share more then, but in the meantime… here are two staple recipes for you.

Mint Julep

Serving Size:
3 minutes
Easy, but drink responsibly


  • 4 to 5 mint sprigs (muddled)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2-3 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Mint sprig, for garnish
  • Pour over crushed ice 


  1. Muddle the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker
  2. Squeeze lemon juice and add simple to the batch, then pour in the bourbon and mix
  3. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves

Pimento Cheese

Serving Size:
15 minutes


  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (Duke’s)
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 dash hot sauce, Tabasco
  • 4 ounces pimientos chopped


  1. Mix ingredients and chill
  2. Serve with crackers, pretzels, veggies or as a sandwich!

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