Recipes for Spring
...Mint julep and Derby Pie celebrate the Run For the Roses
Jayne de Constant
Long years ago, a young woman married a young man from Kentucky and learned about the traditions and fun of Derby time in the blue grass state. Derby Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in May. This year the date is May 5th.
Spring in New England leaves much to be desired, but Spring in Kentucky is a wondrous time. It comes early. The azaleas are in full bloom; the weather is lovely, not hot and humid as it will be during the Summer months.
The Run for the Roses climaxes a week of anticipation. Even the small children in my preschool class knew the names of the horses that would be racing at Churchill Downs. We crowded the Ohio River banks to watch the paddle boat race between the Bell of Louisville and the Delta Queen; cheered and clapped as the Pegasus Parade marched and trotted down the main streets of Louisville. We also looked forward to attending Derby Breakfasts and parties at which we would indulge our appetites and thirsts with all manner of good food and drink.
Derby means juleps. The cups are polished, mint is flourishing and bourbon is abundant. What more can I say except juleps are served mostly at Derby time and mainly to out of town visitors.
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