The greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, is on Saturday.
The first time I watched the Kentucky Derby was with you! We were seniors in college and had gone down to your family beach house in Maryland with a group of friends. Like a good Southern gal, you made us all get dressed up, and fixed everyone a mint julep before we sat down to watch the race.
Mint Julep Recipe
10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
Although I love sports, and drinking cocktails, the big fun of the Kentucky Derby is seeing all the fabulous hats that Derby-goers are famous for. Here a few snapshots of some stellar hats from Derby days gone by.
Obviously, bigger IS better at the Kentucky Derby.
We always have an informal bet (i.e. no cash passes hands) at our house. This year, my money is on Bodemeister. Is it because he won the Arkansas Derby and is being ridden by jockey Mike Smith, who won the Derby in 2005? Nope.
It’s because he is named BODEmeister, after our own adorable Bode.
I always bet with my heart!
And they’re off!