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Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the "Angel Shot"

Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the ‘Angel Shot’

Ladies can feel safer knowing there’s an Angel on their side

Having a bad date or feeling unsafe? Bartenders are forming secret codes to help get their female patrons out of sticky or potentially dangerous situations.

Ordering this shot could save your from a sticky situation

With the rise of drug-facilitated date rape stories in the news, many women feel unsafe while out on a bar date. But now, thanks to the clever thinking of bartenders everywhere, ladies can feel a little safer meeting their Tinder matches for a drink.

Bars and restaurants across the globe are forming secret codes to help their female patrons get out of sticky situations. The “angel shot” at the Iberian Rooster restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL is one of those secret codes.

Now this shot isn’t the alcoholic kind – it’s a discrete way for you to tell the bartender you need help. There are a few different ways you can order your “angel shot” that has a specific meaning:

  • An angel shot neat – A bartender will escort you to your car.
  • An angel shot with ice – The bartender will call a taxi or Uber for you.
  • An angel shot with lime – The restaurant staff will alert the police.

According to the restaurant’s owner, Russell Andrade, no one has yet to order an angel shot – which is definitely a good sign. A similar safety code called “Ask for Angela” was the inspiration behind the angel shot.

Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the

Image from Isobel O’Brien/Twitter // Lincolnshire ask for ‘Angel’ poster

“Ask for Angela” was a poster campaign created by The Lincolnshire Rape Crisis center to help women discretely inform the bar staff that she feels unsafe. The staff will then help you out without making too much of a fuss.

Hopefully, more movements like these will continue to grow and spread to more establishments across the country.

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Holiday Heart Syndrome: The Hidden Danger of Holiday Binge Drinking

Holiday Heart Syndrome: The Hidden Danger of Holiday Overindulgence

Overindulgence can be bad for your heart

Have you ever heard of Holiday Heart Syndrome? It is one of the most common conditions this time of year, and is why you might want to reconsider binging eating and drinking at the holidays.

The Hidden Danger of Holiday Heart Syndrome

Image from Better Health // The Hidden Dangers of Holiday Heart Syndrome

What is “Holiday Heart Syndrome“?

Holiday heart syndrome is the term given to atrial fibrillation [Afib], or irregular heartbeat, caused by overindulging in alcohol or food.

It can affect folks who are generally of good health with no previous factors for abnormal heart rhythms. Individuals with underlying heart conditions and those who don’t typically drink alcohol may be more susceptible to the symptoms of holiday heart syndrome than others.

What to be on the look out for

The symptoms of “holiday heart syndrome” stem from an irregular, often fast, heart rhythm. This faster heart rate can cause a person to feel shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, chest discomfort, and heart palpitations such as pounding in the chest, racing heart rate, or skipping heart beats. These symptoms can start and pass rather quickly; however, prolonged symptoms will need to be treated by a medical professional.

Afib increases a person’s risk for a stroke and heart attack, so these symptoms should be taken seriously. Folks with underlying heart conditions should avoid overindulgence in food and alcohol to prevent these symptoms.

How do they treat “Holiday Heart Syndrome”?

Irregular heart rhythms can sometimes stabilize by themselves, but in some cases, prolonged Afib needs to be corrected by a doctor. Emergency rooms across the country report numerous cases of patients with “holiday heart syndrome” around this time of year. Patients who present Afib lasting more than 48 hours will have to undergo a procedure called peri cardioversion anticoagulation, where the heart rhythm is converted by electrically shocking the heart while the patient is under anesthesia.

Enjoy the Holidays, but don’t go overboard

While we might all eat and drink more than we are used to at the holidays, we can take steps to prevent holiday heart syndrome. Know your limitations when it comes to eating and drinking, and try to avoid foods heavy in cream, sugar, and salt. DO NOT ignore the symptoms of holiday heart syndrome, and seek help when appropriate.

The moral of this holiday heartache: Eat, Drink, & be Merry…just don’t overdo it.

For more information on Holiday Heart Syndrome please visit ClubRed and Medscape

 

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5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails For Repeal Day

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails

Knock if you know the password

December 5th marks the anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment and the end of Prohibition. In the spirit of Repeal Day, let’s raise a glass with Prohibition style cocktails that’d give any Juice Joint a run for their money.

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails For Repeal Day

 


 

Whiskey Sour

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Whiskey and Prohibition have a fascinating history that gave rise to the popularity of cocktails like the Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned. It is simple, elegant, and a bit on the masculine side, which made it a favorite of drinkers of the time. A good whiskey sour never goes out of style, which is why this Prohibition staple cocktail is still around.

 

Sidecar

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails

Image / Recipe from // The Spirits Business

The Sidecar is one of the most iconic cocktails of the Prohibition era, and is probably one of the most simple. It didn’t require any fancy ingredients that were hard to find or acquire. All it needed was Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. It was strong, simple, and delicious, and we can continue to sip on them today.

 

Gin Rickey

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite cocktail, the Gin Rickey, became a very popular cocktail during Prohibition. It’s popularity most likely stemmed from bathtub gin being more readily available than other spirits. Folks loved it, despite the fact it could make you go blind. It’s where we get the phrase, “drinking yourself blind.”

 

White Lady

5 Fantastic Prohibition Style Cocktails

Image / Recipe from // Marleigh Riggins Miller

Another one of the bathtub gin based cocktails, the White Lady is a cousin of the Sidecar. With its elegant appearance and light taste, this was definitely a Prohibition cocktail crafted for the ladies. It was also for the big spenders, as the cocktail used egg whites to make it frothy and more upscale. Featuring gin as its main spirit, the White Lady is also referred to as the Gin Sidecar.

 

Sazerac

5 Fantastic Prohibtion Style Cocktails

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

While the Sazerac predates Prohibition, the folks down in New Orleans were mixing up their classic night cap throughout the Jazz era. The Sazerac wouldn’t let Prohibition or the ban on Absinthe pull it off the cocktail menu.

 

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the everything guide to glassware

The Everything Guide To Glassware

Presentation Can Be Everything!

In whatever bar you go to, bartenders can be very choosy about how they serve up their cocktails. There are a lot of types of glassware at your disposal, and mixologists don’t always use the same type of glasses for the same cocktails.

So that poses a question: Does glassware really make the cocktail? Well in this everything guide to glassware, we’re going to breakdown of the different types of glasses and why we use them to serve our cocktails.

The Everything Guide to Glassware

 

Rocks – Old Fashioned – Lowball

The Rocks glass, also known as an Old Fashioned or Lowball, is a short glass that generally holds around 4 to 12 ounces of liquid. It is a very versatile class of glassware as bartenders use them to both build and serve up cocktails. Whiskey is one of the most common spirits served in a rocks glass. The rocks glass became synonymous with the Old Fashioned cocktail, hence why it is often referred to as an Old Fashioned glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Maple-Bourbon Smash]

 

Highball – Collins – Delmonico

This tall, cylindrical cocktail glass family has slightly different variations in their shape. The Delmonico is the shortest and has a slight flare at the rim, the Collins is slightly more narrow and tall, and the Highball is a little wider but shorter than the Collins. These glasses were designed to keep cocktails cold and to help hold their carbonation. Highballs make the perfect glasses for tall cocktails that are served over ice, or have some form of carbonation.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Gin Rickey ]

 

Nick and Nora

The elegant looking Nick & Nora glass was named after the main characters from the Thin Man film series. This tulip glass is often used as an alternative to the Martini and Coupe glasses for delightful presentation. The Nick and Nora is a great glass to serve up martinis, manhattans, and rob roys.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Rob Roy]

 

Coupe

Originally designed as a Champagne glass, the coupe’s curved shape helps prevent cocktails from spilling out. Cocktails in this glass are served neat, meaning no ice, to show off their clarity. Mixologists tend to use this glass in place of a traditional martini glass for presentation purposes.

[make a cocktail using this glass: The Ice Queen]

 

Cocktail

Probably the most iconic of cocktail glassware, the Cocktail glass vary in size and slope. The glass’ shape has an interesting flaw. Cocktails in this V-shaped glass are easily spilled mid-transport, so it’s best not to fill the cocktail to the top. The cocktail glass has become synonymous with the number one cocktail served in it, the Martini, but note there is no real such thing as a separate Martini Glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Cosmopolitan ]

 

Champagne Flute

This tall, slender, stemmed glass was designed to help offset the quickness that Champagne loses its carbonation. It is typically only used to serve straight Champagne or Champaign-based cocktails, like Bellinis and Mimosas.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Kir Royale]

 

Julep Cup – Mule Mug

These iconic metal cups are used to serve up Julep and Mule cocktails. The metal cups are supposed to affect the temperature of the cocktail, keeping it colder longer. Julep cups are traditionally made of Sterling or Pewter and are a standard tall, cylindrical shape; while Mule mugs are made of Copper and are typically round but can vary in shape.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Mint Julep ]

 

Margarita

This festively curved stemmed glass is named after the classic cocktail that is traditionally served in it. The shape of the margarita glass is modeled after the Coupe, adding presentation and functionality to the glass. While it’s often used for frozen cocktails from Margaritas to Daiquiris, it is common to serve margaritas in other glasses as well.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Classic Margarita ]

 

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Craving Junk Food? Try These Cocktails Instead

Indulge Your Cocktail Cravings

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

 

Junk Food Inspired Cocktails? Ah, Yes Please!

Did you know that July 21st is National Junk Food Day? Inspired by such an auspicious occasion, we have scoured the inter web in search of the best junk food inspired cocktails that we could whip up in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen.

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. There are so many junk food inspired cocktail creations out there, but so little time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

 

Craving Peanut butter Cups? Try it as a martini!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Reese’s Peanut butter Cups are my favorite little indulgence and this peanut butter cup cocktail lives up to the name. It’s deliciously peanut buttery, and if you use Reese’s Peanut butter [you can find it in the baking goods isle] you’ll get that extra special Reese’s flavor.

Image / Recipe from // The Slow Roasted Italian

 

This cocktail is “Unexplainably juicy”.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

The Pink Starbust were always our favorite too! This Pink Starburst Cocktail is all of the Starburst yumy, but with less calories than traditional cocktails. So that’s a Win-Win in our book!

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

Root Beer Float need a buzz? Add some Whiskey!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Image / Adobe Stock // Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

 

An Italian Classic Dessert In A Glass

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

This is a cocktail even Nona would love. An Italian classic dessert in a glass, this Tiramisu cocktail is a velvety dream of Kahlua, Rum Chata, and Godiva Liquor. Shhh, we won’t tell if you add nutella.

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

 

Never Choose Between Wine & Chocolate Again!

redwinehotchocolate

Chocolate and wine were absolutely made for each other. So why not put them together? This Red Wine Hot Chocolate is deliciously RICH genuious! It’ll be your espresso cup’s new best friend.

Image / Recipe from // Imma Eat That

 

Don’t Just Eat Cheesecake. Drink it!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

To quote Holly Waterfall, “Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!”

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

No Campfire Needed For These Smores.

Double-Chocolate-Smores-Martini-DelightfulEMade

Your campfire favorite in one delicious cocktail. This Double Chocolate S’mores Martini is everything you love about smores, without the sticky fingers.

Image / Recipe from // Delightful-e-Made

 

 

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Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

First It Was Just Binge Drinking, Now There’s “Drunkorexia”

U.S. researchers at the University of Missouri found that one in four female students would skip meals to save room for calories from alcoholic drinks. This risky behavior has been called “Drunkorexia“, and it’s a much more common problem on college campuses than previously thought.

Dangerous Drinking Trend On College Campuses

 

The dangerous popular trend among college students: Drunkorexia

“Drunkorexia” is a non-medical term coined for someone limiting the intake of food calories in exchange for alcoholic calories. In Laymen’s terms, students are engaging in behaviors such as skipping meals, excessive exercising, laxative use, or purging in order to make room for alcohol consumption.

This phenomenon has been spreading across college campuses for years and has the potential to become the most dangerous drinking trend on campus. With eating disorders being a prevalent problem among college-aged youth, it’s not surprising that the issue is more widespread than previously reported.

It’s more common on college campuses than previously thought

Numerous studies, including a survey by the University of Houston found that “eight in 10 [students] had engaged in at least one behavior linked to drunkorexia, including inducing vomiting, consuming laxatives, or skipping food entirely before drinking.” Another study by the University of South Australia showed that nearly 60% of female students exhibited drunkorexia-related behavior.

However, this risky behavior is not exclusively limited to the female student population either. According to the lead research of the University of Houston study, Dr. Dipali Rinker, “Our study suggested that males are just as likely, if not more likely, to engage in these behaviors…because men, in general, just tend to engage in riskier drinking behaviors than women.”

This has become normal behavior on college campuses, with some students skipping meals, not to save calories or money, but for the sake of becoming intoxicated faster. These drunkorexia-related behaviors leave students susceptible to negative consequences like drinking related injury or illness, sexual assault, and engaging in other risky behavior like drug use.

The gateway to other disorders

Drunkorexia-related behavior can be a gateway to other addictive behaviors. Students who have said they have engaged in Drunkorexia-related behavior are at risk for other disorders like Bulimia, binge eating, and alcohol abuse. These behaviors can also be masking underlying problems of depression disorders.

While “drunkorexia” isn’t a diagnosis, the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior displayed in students has health officials taking a closer look at drunkorexia as a drinking and eating disorder. The dual addiction of eating and drinking disorders of drunkorexia requires intervention and therapy. Counseling is available on many campuses solely for students affected by drunkorexia, and help is available to those who need it. If you or a friend is exhibiting Drunkorexia-related behavior, be supportive as they cope with recovery.

 

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Three Ladies Became Heroes for Stopping Date Rape in it’s Tracks

One Night Out Turned These Ladies Into Heroes

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

 

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were not expecting to become heroes when they set out to Happy Hour at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. They were having a grand evening, until Kenyon saw something that would make every parent’s blood boil.

“I was looking up and saw this guy looking completely suspicious,” Kenyon tells PEOPLE. “He seems really nervous and then I see his hands twist a little bit and I see something fall from them and into the wine glass in front of him. Immediately my thought was, ‘Oh My God’ did I just see that.”

After the group debated on what to do, the woman got up to use the restroom and Ulrich followed after her. According to a post on Ulrich’s facebook page, she approached the woman and said, “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.” The woman was absolutely stunned by the news. Ulrich had hoped to hear that the woman had just met the man, but she told her that he was one of her best friends.

Shortly after, Saltzer told a server what they saw. The server then informed management and security, who reviewed security footage to confirm the report. Meanwhile, the evening continued on. Saltzer noticed the man clinking his glass to the woman’s several times to get her to drink the tainted wine. The manager checked on the table, and the staff stalled the couple’s meals and bill, while they awaited the Santa Monica Police to arrive on the scene.

Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested at the restaurant by Santa Monica Police. Hsu was found with three vials of an unknown substance in his possession, one of which was empty. The substance has been sent off to examiners to determine what it is. Hsu is charged with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime. He is in custody on $1 million bail.

“You hear these stories at a club but it was not the case here. It is not the boogeyman in the dark corner lurking to jump on you. It could be someone you know,” says Ulrich. Statistics from the CDC report that 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape, often by someone they know. A report in the journal Psychology of Violence, published on May 23rd, shows that episodes of drink spiking have also increased on college campuses [See: How Well Do You Know Drink Safety].

Ulrich recounted the evening’s events on her Facebook Page. The post has been shared on the social media site over 116,000 times and continues to spread.

Three Women Stop Man From Spiking Date's Drink

Photo Credit: Sonia Ulrich

Well Done Ladies! We Salute You!

 

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Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Sangria is so yesterday!

Last month, PureWow declared that Sangria is out – Wine Cocktails are in – and we so agree with them. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails.

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

 

Give these wine cocktails a try this summer!

Sangria gets boring. If you are a serious wine drinker, it’s time to spice it up a little. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails that will leave sangria a thing of the past.

Grab a bottle and enjoy some sunshine. It’s time to try these wine cocktails this summer.


 

White Wine Mojito

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Turnip the Oven

 

Peach Wine Slushies

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Dessert For Two

 

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // My Diary of Us

 

Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Table for Two

 

Moscato Bee’s Knees Wine Cocktail

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // The Kitchen is My Playground

 

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Damn Delicious

 

Rose Slushie

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image by // Erin McGinn Recipe from // Style Me Pretty

 

Pineapple Mimosa

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Blackberry Babe

 

Skinny Champagne Margaritas

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // With Salt & Wit

 

Strawberry Bellinis

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // 3 Yummy Tummies

 

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15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

Drink up, Ladies. It’s Bridal Season out there.

These cocktails will get you through it all.

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

 

Bridal Showers. Bridal Brunches. Bridezillas. Oh My!

Summer rings in one of the busiest Wedding seasons of the year. Which means Bridal Party season has begun! Brunches, Showers, Lunches, and bachelorette parties or Hen Nights as far as the eye can see.

If you are on the planning committee – Here’s to looking at you kid – that means you are probably thinking of some signature drinks to appease your brides and guests at the party. Well don’t worry. We got you covered with 15 cocktails that will liven up any bridal party.


1. Irish Redhead

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: The Irish Redhead

image: Brio / briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

2. Sparkling Lemon Rosemary Cocktail

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sparkling Lemon Rosemary Cocktail

image: drinkwire.liquor.com Get the recipe from Food Fashion and Fun

 

3. Carolina Peach Tea

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Carolina Peach Tea

image: Brio / briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

4. Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler

image: thecookierookie.com Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie

 

5. Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Carolina Peach Tea

image: jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com Get the recipe from jelly-shot-test-kitchen

 

6. Strawberry Smash

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Strawberry Smash

image: briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

7. Paloma

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Paloma

image: bsinthekitchen.com Get the recipe from BS’ in the Kitchen

 

8. Rosé Spritzer

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Rosé Spritzer

image: Christopher Testani / bonappetit.com Get the recipe from bon appetit

 

9. Sweet Love’n Martini

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sweet Love’n Martini

image: briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

10. Sweet Tea Sangria

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sweet Tea Sangria

image: Kristy Bernardo / thewickednoodle.com Get the recipe from the wicked noodle

 

11. Double-Stuffed Oreo Jello Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Double-Stuffed Oreo Jello Shots

image: abeautifulmess.com Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess

 

12. Strawberry Champagne Mojito

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Strawberry Champagne Mojito

image: thesuburbansoapbox.com Get the recipe from The Suburban Soapbox

 

13. Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan

image: hostthetoast.com Get the recipe from Host the Toast

 

14. Moscow Mule Jello Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Moscow Mule Jello Shots

image: domesticate-me.com Get the recipe from domesticate-me

 

15. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini

image: theslowroasteditalian.com Get the recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian

 

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Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

Plan a Triple Crown Worthy Derby Party

These Kentucky Derby party essentials are sure to win you the Triple Crown of party planning.

Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

 

1. Mint Juleps

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. You can’t have a party without them. Get the recipe from Brio

 

2. Bacon Pimento Cheese Puffs

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

If you are from the south, you know we have an unholy obsession with pimento cheese…and bacon. These awesome little pastry puffs are a great way to do away with boring cheese and cracker plates for good. You guests will love them! Get the recipe from the blond cook

 

3. Bourbon Tasting Bar

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Having a bourbon tasting bar is a great addition to any Kentucky Derby party. Your guests can sip on some fine bourbon while they wait for the show to get on the road. You can even label the cups with the names of this year’s ponies and see which one comes out on top. Get the set up from Celebrations at home

 

4. Mint Julep Cupcakes

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Why not do something completely different and bake your Mint Juleps instead! These mint julep cupcakes are a sugary grown up treat that will be the envy of your dessert table. Get the recipe from Food.com

 

5. Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Benedictine spread is another one of those classic Kentucky Derby foods that no party could do without. These horse-shoe shaped tea sandwiches give Benedictine spread new life, are really cute too.
Get the recipe from Tea Time Magazine

 

6. Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Upgrade your Kentucky Hot Browns with this fantastic Mac and Cheese side dish. It is a delicious alternative to classic hot browns that you serve on crackers or as sliders.
Get the recipe from Foodtastic Mom

 

7. Kentucky Derby Pie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Personally, I don’t like baking pies, so having a pie alternative is always part of my game plan. These cookie bars have all the Kentucky Derby Pie flavor stuffed into a tiny more portable package. You don’t even need a plate. Get the recipe from half baked harvest

 

8. Derby Julep Lemonade

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

This Mocktail is great to get the kids into the Derby spirit. It’s also the perfect refreshment for any non-drinkers at the party. I would rather use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this lemonade instead of the Crystal Light Lemonade like the recipe suggests though. Get the recipe from hot beauty health

 

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