Everything You Need to Throw a Derby Party
Buy the bourbon, pie and pimento cheese online just in time for the big race.
This year, May 7, 2022 is the date of "the most exciting two minutes in sports" — also known as the Kentucky Derby. Whether you're here for the horse race or the mint juleps, the Derby is known for being a good time for all. Chances are if you're hosting a Derby party, you've got your outfit perfectly planned. (After all, nothing marks Derby Day like an over-the-top hat.)
But no event is complete without food or drink, right? The Derby is known for southern and Kentucky staples like pimiento cheese, smoked ham, bourbon and, of course, the iconic pie. Luckily, you can bring some of the flavors of Churchill Downs right to your home. We found iconic Derby dishes that can be shipped right to your door just in time for the big race.
Every year Woodford Reserve (the presenting sponsor of the Derby) debuts a special bottle. This year, it features artwork by Kentucky native Jaime Corum, an equine artist. The painting on the bottle is titled “Dreams in Bloom,” and features three thoroughbreds surrounded spring flowers, including the iconic red roses of Derby. Take a sip or save as a collector’s item.
This trio of mixers will be sure to appease any type of cocktail drinker at a Derby party. Mint Julep for those who want to keep it classically Derby, or Old Fashioned or Whiskey sour for those who prefer their bourbon mixed in a different way. Just add the garnish and you’ll be set for the big race.
Ice cream may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Kentucky Derby, but this craft small batch Lexington, KY ice cream shop will change your mind with flavors like Bourbon Ball and Kentucky Blackberry and Buttermilk. It’s the perfect post-race dessert!
All you need to throw a Derby party in one box (just add the bourbon and ice!). This kit from Curious Kitchen has two stainless steel Derby cups, mint simple syrup, white linen cocktail napkins, straws and stirrers, homemade bourbon apple butter plus recipes for pimento cheese, Benedictine and a fun Derby playlist.
It’s clear that bourbon is a big part of a Derby celebration — it even shows up in dessert. These famous balls are made with chocolate, pecans and a touch of bourbon. The perfect sweet treat to pop in your mouth as you watch the race.
If you are up with the horse racing lingo, you’ll know that pinhooking is the term they use when they’re evaluating young horses for their potential to one day compete. Pinhook honors these young horses by putting a promising one on each of their bottles of Kentucky Bourbon or Rye. The perfect gift to send a friend you want to celebrate with in spirit.
Fried chicken and biscuits are often the perfect menu addition, especially when it comes to the Derby. Few things are better than soft, buttery biscuits and crispy fried chicken. This version hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
You’ll want a few sprigs of mint for the signature Derby Mint Julep, but there’s something nice about having a mint plant that will give you a chance to use the herb all year round. Muddle it for mojitos, throw it into lemonade, make pesto... after you’ve had your fill of Mint Juleps, of course.