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Party Kentucky-Derby Style With Mint Juleps, Hats, Online Bets

Will you be watching the 136th Kentucky Derby this weekend with friends?  Find out how to place your bets online and make mint juleps (the popular Kentucky Derby cocktail) for your gathering.

Mint Julep at Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep at Kentucky Derby

You’ll feel like you are at Churchill Downs for the big race on Saturday, May 1, 2010, if you sip on a mint julep and place your bets online.  And while you are at it, make a festive Kentucky Derby hat to wear for your gathering.

Where To Watch Kentucky Derby Coverage

  • Kentucky Derby 136:  Race 11, 6:24 p.m. EDT post time

  • Kentucky Oaks 136:  Race 11, 5:45 p.m. EDT post time

    • Coverage will air on Saturday on ESPN for Kentucky Derby Undercard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
    • Access to Kentucky Derby/Red Carpet Special will air Saturday on NBC from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
    • Kentucky Derby 136 coverage will air from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC.

    Click here for more details on Kentucky Derby TV coverage.

    Mint Juleps (This is one of many recipes that can be found online. Watch the video below, too.)


    • 2 cups water
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
    • 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
    • 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish


    1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
    2. Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person’s sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.

    If you are using silver goblets, place them in the freezer for at least half an hour before serving. Handle frozen goblets with a clean towel, holding them by their edges, so as not to mar the lovely frosted surface.


    Online Kentucky Derby Betting

    Can’t make it to the big race? Click here for complete details on the Kentucky Derby and how to place a bet online.

    Kentucky Derby Hats

    Tell friends to wear their original Kentucky Derby hats and have a prize for the best one.

    Or set up a hat station at the party for friends to make their own. Have them bring a plain hat, and set up a table with lace, ribbons, feathers, plastic horse figurines, flowers, or anything else that can be glued or pinned to the hat.  Have a glue gun, pins, etc. handy for assembling the decorations on the hats. You can also have a prize for the best hat.

    Share your ideas, thoughts, and recipes for a Kentucky Derby party below for others.

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