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Carlie Good Example: Kentucky Derby Style: Fashion + Cocktails


Saturday marks the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. While most of us will not be watching from Millionaire’s Row, many of us enjoy getting into the spirit. And by spirit, of course I mean cocktails and hats.

As the unofficial start of the summer social season, the Derby parade of hats will be second only to last week’s royal wedding. The hat tradition started in the 40s with a nod to the tasteful and understated. The postwar 50s saw a return to fashion-forward with bigger-is-better. Style icon, Jackie O, inspired the pillbox hat trend in the 60s. The 70s and 80s really pushed the bold colors and ridiculous patterns while the 90s until today have seen a return to the sweetheart Southern belle style. Of course, the ultimate accessory for Derby-watching is a mint julep. For a refreshing recipe and a twisty alternative, see below.

This weekend, if you can’t make it to Vineyard Vines, finding your Derby style is easy. Break out the seersucker, madras and breezy sundresses – pair it with a soft or whimsical hat and a crisp cocktail, and you’re off to the races. Cheers! 


Classic Mint Julep Courtesy of Patch


• Quality bourbon (like Woodford Reserve)

• 1 cup water

• 1 cup sugar

• 12 fresh mint sprigs

• Crushed ice



Heat water in medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in sugar until it dissolves. Bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and add mint sprigs. Let steep for 15 minutes. Strain syrup and refrigerate for at least one hour (this can be done overnight).

To serve, combine 1 tablespoon minted simple syrup, 2 ounces of bourbon, and 1 cup crushed ice in your silver julep cup or highball glass. Stir well and garnish with fresh mint sprig. Enjoy immediately!


Cranberry Bourbon Punch  Courtesy of iFood 


• Quality bourbon (like Woodford Reserve)

• 1 quart cranberry juice

• 1 pint pineapple juice

• 1 cup orange juice

• 1/2 cup lemon juice 

• 2 bottles (1-pt, 12-oz size) ginger ale, chilled



In punch bowl, combine fruit juices and bourbon. Refrigerate until well chilled. Just before serving, pour in ginger ale. 

Note: Make punch ahead, and use some to fill and freeze in an ice-cube tray. Float cubes in punch bowl. Makes 20 to 25 punch-cup servings.



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  • Reply
    Carrie Pacini
    May 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The Kentucky Derby is on my life list. I am dying for a reason to wear one of those gorgeous hats :)

  • Reply
    Melissa Campbell
    May 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Mmm, I’ll have to try the cranberry bourbon punch!

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