Derby de Mayo Party Guide

cinco de mayo and derby party combo

Can’t choose between a Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo celebration? Why not mix them both together and celebrate this weekend with these crossover cocktails, appetizers and dessert.


Mint Julep Margaritamint julep margarita
Julep? Margarita? Mix them both together and celebrate the day with one delicious drink.

Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila
Lexington Kentucky Bourbon
1/2 cup sugar
1 bunch mint (plus more for garnish)
2 cups water

Mix the water, sugar, and mint in a pot and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Just as it starts to simmer, remove from heat and allow to sit about 20 minutes. Strain. In a shaker with ice, mix 1.5 oz bourbon, 1.5 oz tequila, 1.5 oz fresh lime juice, and 3 oz mint syrup. Shake well and pour over ice in a salt rimmed glass. Garnish with lime and mint and serve. (source)


Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe with Tequilaspicy bloody mary with riazul tequila
Kick off your event with a Tequila twist on a race day favorite.

2 oz Riazul Tequila
4 oz tomato juice
1/2 tsp horseradish
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes hot sauce
Pinch sea salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Pinch of celery seeds

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish as you please.


Kentucky Beer Cheese Dipkentucky beer cheese with corona

1 cup of your favorite Mexican beer (flat)
1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

Pour beer into a bowl and whisk until beer loses its carbonation, about 30 seconds. Set aside. Place shredded cheese into the work bowl of a food processor; add all ingredients. Process until smooth and creamy, pulsing a few times, scraping the sides, and blending for about 2 total minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. If adding more seasoning, pulse a few times to mix. Transfer cheese spread to a bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper. The spread tastes best when refrigerated overnight to blend flavors, but it can be served right away if needed. (source)


Tex-Mex Deviled Eggstex mex deviled eggs with camarena tequila

12 hard boiled eggs
6 tbsp whipped cream cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
3 tbsp Camarena Tequila
3 tbsp chipotle peppers – from a can – minced
3 tbsp tomato sauce – thick homemade or from a jar
2 green chili peppers – minced
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 cup cheddar or colby cheese – finely shredded
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce

Cut hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and set whites aside. In a medium bowl, mix egg yolks with all ingredients. Mixture should be thick. If it appears too thin, add some additional cream cheese or shredded cheese. Spoon mixture into egg whites. Chill, garnish as desired and serve. (source)


Tres Leches Cakedulce de leche cake with woodford reserve bourbon

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or unbleached cake flour, spooned and leveled)
1 cup sugar (divided)
2 tsps baking powder
3 large egg yolks (at room temperature)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 tsps vanilla extract
5 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/8 tsp salt

For the Soaking Mixture
12 oz evaporated milk
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 tbsps with Woodford Reserve Bourbon instead of Dark Rum

For the Glaze
13 oz dulce de leche
1 tbsp  Woodford Reserve Bourbon instead of Dark Rum
1/4 cup water

For Baking
One 9 x 13 x 2-inch Pyrex pan, ungreased, plus 4 cups or glasses for inverting the cake pan after baking

Instructions and Source