When I was growing up in Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby was always a major holiday for my family. Even now that I live in California, I still throw or attend a Kentucky Derby party every year. Two things are required above all to properly celebrate the Kentucky Derby: big, fabulous hats, and refreshing libations.
Of course, you will find loads of bourbon at any Derby soiree—and in this roundup—but I’ve also included some non-bourbon as well as non-alcoholic drinks to satisfy all in attendance at your party next weekend. Launch the gallery to check out all the delicious drinks, and also check out my Kentucky Derby Love Pinterest board for more party inspiration! I can’t wait to see all the large hats at this year’s affair! What will you be drinking or eating at your celebration?
Catherine McCord is the founder of the popular website Weelicious.com, and creator of Weelicious Menus, a weekly meal planning service. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, has worked in several high-end restaurants, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and The Doctors, and in People, Parents, Lucky, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. A former model and television host, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.