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    A Day At The Races!

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    alligirl
    Sun May 01, 2011 11:53 am
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    With Horse racing season upon us, we thought it would be nice to share some of the traditional sippers, to be enjoyed on race day!

    Woodford Reserve Manhattan - from the official bourbon of the Preakness Cup

    2 1/2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
    1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
    1 splash Grenadine
    1 dash Angostura Bitters
    1 dash Peychaud Bitters
    1 Maraschino cherry
    ~Pour all of the above ingredients over ice into a mixing glass. Stir well, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry

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    Another 'un-official' drink of The Breeder's Cup

    PhotobucketCherry Perfecta


    750 milliliters Woodford Reserve bourbon
    16 oz Maraschino cherries, drained
    2 vanilla beans
    ice

    (This should be started 2-4 days before it is needed!)
    ~Infuse the cherries and vanilla beans in bourbon in a glass container for 2-4 days. To serve, pour infused bourbon over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake well then strain into a Manhattan glass. Garnish the drink with one of the soaked cherries.

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    Kentucky Derby

    Kentucky Derby Trophy Pictures, Images and Photos

    Mint Julep Pictures, Images and Photos

    Everyone is familiar with the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby! There are many to choose from here: Mint Julep recipes!

    Kentucky Derby Traditions
    The Rose Garland
    The Trophy
    The Twin Spires
    The Mint Julep
    Derby Hats
    Celebrities at the Derby
    Collecting Derby Glasses

    Other Derby Traditional recipes:
    Derby Pie
    Hot Brown Sandwich
    Kentucky Burgoo

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    Preakness Stakes



    The popular choice for The Preakness is a Black Eyed Susan! There are only 2 to chose from here. Do you have one to share?

    Preakness Traditions
    Held on the third Saturday in May at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.
    Black-eyed Susans to the winner
    The Woodlawn Vase trophy
    The Alibi Breakfast
    Painting the weather vane

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    Belmont Stakes

    Belmont Stakes Trophy Pictures, Images and Photos

    The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown events. It predates the Preakness Stakes (first run in 1873) by six years and the Kentucky Derby (first run in 1875) by eight.

    There are 2 traditional drinks prepared for The Belmont Stakes:

    1. White Carnation - this served as the official drink until 1997. I was unable to find one here, but here is one I found:
    2 oz. Vodka
    1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    Soda
    Splash of Cream
    Crushed ice
    ~Stir liquors and soda together and pour over ice in a highball glass. Splash cream over top then garnish with an orange slice.

    2. Belmont Breeze - the official drink, as served since 1998. (This drink was created by uber-bartender, Dale DeGroff.) Again, there was not one posted here, but here are 2 I've found:

    1 1/2 oz. Seagrams 7
    3/4 oz. Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
    1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 oz. Simple Syrup
    1 1/2 oz. Fresh Orange juice
    1 1/2 oz. Cranberry juice
    1 oz. of soda
    1 oz. of 7up
    fresh strawberry
    lemon wedge
    (**you may substitute 1 oz. of Sweet & Sour mix for the lemon juice and simple syrup although fresh ingredients are best)
    ~Shake first 6 ingredients with ice and top with half 7up and half soda, approximately one ounce of each. Garnish with fresh strawberry, a mint sprig, and a lemon wedge.

    from Woodford's Reserve, official Bourbon of The Belmont Stakes
    1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
    2 oz. Lemonade
    1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
    ~Shake vigorously with ice and serve in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with cherry or lemon twist.

    Belmont Stakes Traditions
    White carnations to the winner
    The silver trophy
    Singing "New York, New York"

    We'd love to hear of your traditions on race day; please share!


    Last edited by alligirl on Sat May 05, 2012 10:22 am, edited 2 times in total
    BecR
    Mon May 02, 2011 9:04 pm
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    I plan on watching the races with my son and family.

    Try a Thoroughbred Cocktail for a nice alternative to the traditional Mint Julep. icon_smile.gif

    And, here's my Derby Day Menu!

    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif Becky

    Saturday Soiree - Derby Day Cocktail Party
    alligirl
    Tue May 03, 2011 8:53 am
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    WOW, icon_eek.gif Thanks, Becky...you have it all planned out, don't you? I assume you'll be 'dressing the part', with hats and whole she-bang? icon_smile.gif

    And that Thoroughbred Cocktail does look like a good alternative! My BFF makes this: Just Peachy with Maker's Mark...I've enjoyed it myself, a couple of times! icon_wink.gif

    Hope you have a great party, and thanks so much for sharing...

    Alli icon_cool.gif
    BecR
    Tue May 03, 2011 3:11 pm
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    alligirl wrote:
    WOW, icon_eek.gif Thanks, Becky...you have it all planned out, don't you? I assume you'll be 'dressing the part', with hats and whole she-bang? icon_smile.gif

    And that Thoroughbred Cocktail does look like a good alternative! My BFF makes this: Just Peachy with Maker's Mark...I've enjoyed it myself, a couple of times! icon_wink.gif

    Hope you have a great party, and thanks so much for sharing...

    Alli icon_cool.gif


    Hi Alligirl, thanks for the well wishes but the soiree was kind of last minute so hopefully will pull it off in style. The just peachy cocktail sounds delish I've saved it to my cocktail cookbook.

    The Art of the Cocktail

    Here's the Kentucky Derby 2011 schedule, if anyone is interested!

    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif Becky

    http://www.kentuckyderby.info/kentuckyderby-schedule.php
    BecR
    Wed May 04, 2011 9:12 pm
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    Here's a sampling of Derby Day Hats I found on the net, that I thought you may enjoy. Which is your favorite?? icon_biggrin.gif





























    alligirl
    Thu May 05, 2011 2:46 pm
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    Becky, I think my faves are photos 3 and 4...they are all cute as a button! icon_smile.gif I just love hats! icon_biggrin.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif
    BecR
    Thu May 05, 2011 3:56 pm
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    alligirl wrote:
    Becky, I think my faves are photos 3 and 4...they are all cute as a button! icon_smile.gif I just love hats! icon_biggrin.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif


    Hi Alli, am happy that you like the hats! I too am a hat lover!

    #3 the pretty pink hat is my favorite, I just love the femininity of it and my favorite color is pale pink! Also love the last photo of the little girl with her papa, so darling!

    By the way, I went out yesterday and picked up two hats for myself, at Target! Now I need to embellish them.

    icon_biggrin.gif Becky
    Debbwl
    Fri May 06, 2011 9:54 pm
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    icon_eek.gif Wow Alli didn’t know there were so many different drinks associated with the Derby as the only one can remember hearing about are Mint Juleps.


    wave.gif Bec, do believe Derby hats are almost as big a deal as the Derby itself. icon_biggrin.gif
    BecR
    Fri May 06, 2011 10:52 pm
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    wave.gif Hi ya Deb, how ya doin'!

    My sister's coworkers cousin John owns a horse named "Sauve Voir Faire" that ran in the Oaks Crown for best Fillie today, it was a 50 to 1. I don't know how she did, yet.

    See you all tomorrow at the Derby broadcast at 2:00 PST with a mint julep (or other cocktail) in hand, I hope.

    icon_biggrin.gif Becky
    alligirl
    Fri May 04, 2012 11:07 pm
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    Bumpity-Bump -

    The Derby's tomorrow! Mint julep time! icon_biggrin.gif Who's your favorite to win? I think I'm going for ~I'll Have Another~! icon_lol.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif
    BecR
    Fri May 04, 2012 11:36 pm
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    Hiya Alligirl~

    Yep, can u believe--- it's that time again!! icon_smile.gif

    My sis (the horse "expert") says her favs are Gemologist, El Padrino (The Godfather), says she loves Hansen, and Bodemeister is still the fav.

    Have a good one, hope you win!!ha ha and ~I'll have another~ two, too to you two, too! hic slurp....

    XO Becky
    Dee514
    Sat May 05, 2012 5:36 am
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    Thanks for posting the appropriate "Triple Crown" drink recipes! icon_cool.gif
    I won't be having the usual Juleps this year, because I can't attend our "annual Derby party in Vermont" this year (helping DD with new "early birth" granddaughter in Massachusetts). icon_biggrin.gif
    alligirl
    Sat May 05, 2012 10:28 am
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    BecR wrote:
    Hiya Alligirl~

    Yep, can u believe--- it's that time again!! icon_smile.gif

    My sis (the horse "expert") says her favs are Gemologist, El Padrino (The Godfather), says she loves Hansen, and Bodemeister is still the fav.

    Have a good one, hope you win!!ha ha and ~I'll have another~ two, too to you two, too! hic slurp....

    XO Becky


    I think DH is going for Bodemeister! Of course, he is the favorite! I just had to choose ~I'll Have Another~ it is definitely apropos, for this forum! icon_wink.gif If you're going to a party, BecR, I'm hoping you have a good time, and get to stomp on a divot or two! icon_biggrin.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif
    alligirl
    Sat May 05, 2012 10:31 am
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    Dee514 wrote:
    Thanks for posting the appropriate "Triple Crown" drink recipes! icon_cool.gif
    I won't be having the usual Juleps this year, because I can't attend our "annual Derby party in Vermont" this year (helping DD with new "early birth" granddaughter in Massachusetts). icon_biggrin.gif


    Dee, I'm sorry you're going to miss your annual party, but the reason you're missing it is priceless! icon_biggrin.gif And so are you, for being there for DD...Glad to hear everyone's home and doing OK! I'm voting for soaking the cherries; we'll share some later on. icon_wink.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif
    alligirl
    Sat May 05, 2012 6:35 pm
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    OMG, ~I'll Have Another~ WON! icon_biggrin.gif icon_lol.gif Can't believe it! icon_wink.gif

    Alli icon_cool.gif
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