While back in Nashville my teacher friends are wrapping up TCAP, here in Louisville we are beginning our big weekend.
The Kentucky Derby has been called the greatest two minutes in sports, but let me tell you it is a lot more than two minutes.
Starting yesterday, guests arrived in droves. Mint Julep cocktail party for 80... why not?!?!?! Many neighbors came out to greet guests. All in all we have about 40 guests between the two inns.
This Nashville gal did not know anything about derby, but let me tell you I am getting an education quickly. From making cocktails, to whipping up Hot Brown quiches, to tidying rooms and purchasing racing forms, it can be a little overwhelming. The hats might make it worthwhile though (and definitely the tips). If you would like to learn a little about the derby, please enjoy this visual guide.
J and I are not able to go to the actual races, but we were fortunate to attend Opening Night at Churchill last week for my birthday celebration. With storms in the forecast for tomorrow and crazy amounts of traffic on top of feeding the whole house, I think I am okay with that.
Happy Derby ya'll!
Traditional Mint Julep
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup mint leaves
Mint Julep cups
Makes 20 servings.
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and cook without stirring for five minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place the mint leaves in a bowl and bruise the mint with the back of a wooden spoon. Place the mint in a jar and add the sugar syrup. Cover and chill for 12-24 hours. Strain the mixture and discard mint when ready to use. Fill frosted mint julep cups with crushed ice to serve. Add 1 tablespoon of the syrup and 1 ounce of the bourbon for each serving. Stir, garnish with mint sprig and serve with half-sized straw.