Kentucky Derby: What to Drink + Wear

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

I have always been obsessed with the Kentucky Derby. Which is funny because I have never been (its on my 2018 bucket list). I like to think of it as the Super Bowl of horse racing meets Southern fashion show. I love anything with a good theme. From the hats, feminine dresses, seersucker, and bowties– so many things come to mind when I think of the Derby.

You know what also comes to mind? Drinks. Specifically mint juleps. Fun fact: Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Holy moly thats a lot of mint juleps! Can’t pencil in Churchill Downs for the weekend? No worries, my blogger bestie Natalie from The Fashion Hour and I (who just so happens to be a cocktail connoisseur) have got you covered.

First things first, you will need a mint julep in your hand. Here is my twist on the classic mint julep with our favorite Seersucker Southern Style Gin (I mean come on how appropriate).

Gin Julep

– 2 ounces Seersucker Gin
– 2 ounces club soda
– Mint leaves + 1 Sprig to garnish
– 2 teaspoons honey or real maple syrup
– ½ cup crushed ice

I love this take on the original Mint Julep because its super light and refreshing!

Now… lets talk about what to wear! I prefer to keep things pretty simple, and let my hat do the talking. The bigger the hat, the better– am I right?! I am not a fascinator gal, when it comes to Derby style I say go big or go home. Clearly Natalie and I are both loving gingham right now and both went with gingham dresses. Have a Derby party coming up?! Be sure to pick up some Seersucker Gin (which also looks amaze on your bar cart) and make a Gin Julep! You can also shop my favorite Derby looks below:



Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

Kentucky derby dress and hat with mint julep seersucker gin

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  1. You ladies are so adorable!!! Love this post!!!

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