A day for big hats, seersucker, daytime cocktails and the most exciting two minutes in sports.
Notice I did not mention juleps. I'm not a fan. No thank you.
We skipped the hats and juleps, but did make some fancy drinks and appetizers to go with the race.
I stole this amazing drink combination from NoRTH in Scottsdale. It's not the first time I've been inspired by their awesome menu. This cocktail helped solidify my love of all things that have St. Germain liqueur in them.
For one pitcher
1 cup vodka
3 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 1/2 cups club soda
In a large pitcher filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients. Serve in festive glasses or mason jars.
Peach & Prosciutto Caprese Salad
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 ripe yellow peaches, sliced thick
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced thick*
6 slices prosciutto
12 leaves fresh basil
Good extra virgin olive oil
Good balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper
*I skipped the tomato on this version, but it would be lovely for those who like it!
Reduce balsamic in a saucepan by simmering until syrupy and reduced in volume by half.
Layer mozzarella cheese slices with peaches, tomatoes, prosciutto and basil.
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
We served our refreshing Bocce cocktails in giant mason jars. The perfect glass for Derby Day.
Such a light, happy cocktail. I can't wait to play more with St. Germain this summer.
The peach caprese was also divine. Light, fresh and perfectly balanced with a bit of salty prosciutto.
For a twist on this caprese that is easier for guests to eat by the biteful, check out this post by The Wicked Noodle. She wraps the peach slices and basil in prosciutto with a bit of glaze on top. Similar flavors in a simple package.
Cheers to California Chrome! I hope for a Triple Crown winner every year. Will 2014 be it?