Happy Derby Day!!! Nothing like getting a Derby recipe up ON Derby Day! This is the third Derby themed dessert I tested before I finally got a successful recipe. But it doesn’t have to be Derby to enjoy these little guys!
I spent most of my life living in Louisville, KY so Derby is a big deal. It is one of the most fun weekends whether you’re at the races or not. Since we’ve moved to Boston, we’ve always wanted to host a Derby party, but we’ve never been able to. This year, it is finally happening!
We are serving all sorts of traditional Kentucky foods for our New England friends. I’m making Benedictine sandwiches with this Benedictine recipe from The Spruce. I also made this Kentucky Beer Cheese from Delishably. We picked up BBQ and cornbread from a local BBQ spot, Redbones. And we have Burgoo from Moonlight BBQ (a Derby gift from the fam). Then, of course, we will be serving Mint Juleps and the less well known, but more delicious Oaks Lily.
Of course, the most important part of today is the dessert! And these Mint Julep Balls are perfect. I am so excited to serve these. They are similar to a traditional bourbon ball with mint added. I made a more traditional version, but I think they would be great with mini chocolate chips inside!
So I may be sharing these recipes with you too late for you to plan your own Derby party for…well..today. But be sure to bookmark this page for next year. Or for anytime, really. You certainly don’t need an excuse for BBQ, Beer Cheese, and Bourbon!