Try the Baron’s Cove Classic Mint Julep Recipe and More Kentucky Derby Fun

Sip a mint julep Kentucky Derby style!
Sip a mint julep Kentucky Derby style! Photo: Brent Hofacker/123RF

For those who can’t wait for Hamptons polo season to begin to see stallions and riders in action, they can watch the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. This hotel/restaurant, which won Gold in Dan’s 2016 Best of the Best Hotels, is hosting a viewing event today (Saturday, May 6) with food and specialty cocktails from 4-7 p.m. Live music will be provided by Tom Hashagen and Lisa Shaw.

If planning to attend the party, don’t forget to wear your best derby attire. Anyone who posts a picture of their outfit on social media using #BaronsCoveDerby will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Baron’s Cove gift card. The official Kentucky Derby website ( has some great ideas for the occasion. According to the site, sundresses and floppy derby hats are a must for the ladies, and for the gentlemen, pastel shirts and straw fedoras are the way to go.

Baron’s Cove is also pouring special cocktails for the Kentucky Derby Party: the Classic Mint Julep and the Blueberry Bourbon Smash. For those who can’t attend this fun event, or prefer to stay home and watch, the hotel’s generous mixologists have shared their recipes.

Classic Mint Julep

2 oz Woodford
1 oz Minted simple syrup
5 or 6 Mint leaves
Crushed ice

Muddle mint and simple syrup in the bottom of a derby glass.
Add crushed ice, then bourbon, stir. Garnish with mint.

Blueberry Bourbon Smash

2 oz Blueberry-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon
¾ oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Basil honey syrup

Shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with blueberries.

The Kentucky Derby, started in 1875, is the longest continually held sporting event in the United States. Each year the 20 horses who earned the most points during the qualifying rounds, compete for the $2 million prize in the largest race of the series. The race takes place on a 1.25-mile dirt track in Louisville, Kentucky and draws a crowd of 155,000 spectators on average. Learn more here.

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