Mint Juleps are the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, but they’re not the only Derby-worthy treat that you can make and enjoy this weekend while you watch horses like American Pharoah, Dortmund and Upstart make their run for the roses.
- The Speckled Palate Mini Derby Pies are bite sized and perfect for a party. The pies start with a cream cheese dough that is pressed into mini muffin tins. Each pie shell is filled with a sticky mixture of nuts, brown sugar, butter and chocolate – spiked with Kentucky bourbon, of course. Since these treats are so small, you don’t need any special plates or forks to serve them. A bowl of whipped cream for dipping might be a good option, however!
- Blue Grass Bites offers up a savory snack, Hot Brown Bites. These little snacks are a twist on the Kentucky dish, which is a type of sandwich that combines turkey, bacon, tomatoes with mornay sauce. These start with phyllo tart shells, which are filled with those classic hot brown ingredients, all mixed together and piled generously into the shells. The tarts are baked until they are hot then served immediately, when they become perfect finger food.
- Butter and Brioche’s Dark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie is an indulgent take on the refreshing Derby cocktail. The pie filling is an intensely flavored dark chocolate custard that is spiked with peppermint extract and bourbon, then garnished with crystallized mint leaves. It is stunning to look at and delicious to eat. The rich filling is complimented by a buttery, flaky, homemade pie crust.
- Camille Styles whipped up a Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake that is a very decadent race day dessert option. The pie-inspired milkshake is made with a combination of chocolate and butter pecan ice creams, which are blended together with milk and a generous pour of bourbon. The milkshake is served in a glass that is lined with chocolate syrup and it is sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and toasted pecans before serving. It’s easier to put together than a traditional pie and great for a crowd.
- My own Mint Julep Sorbet is one of my absolutely favorite Derby Day creations. The sorbet is actually made in a blender, not an ice cream maker, which means that it can be put together very quickly. The sorbet is made with cream, which is infused with mint – either in the form of extract or real, fresh mint leaves – before being sweetened, spiked with bourbon and whipped into its final form. The sorbet is just as refreshing as the cocktail that inspired it.