POPSUGAR Celebrity

9 Southern Drinks, Dishes, and Desserts For a Grand Kentucky Derby Party

Apr 28 2014 - 2:49pm

This weekend kicks off the 140th Kentucky Derby! Watching the horse race is a great excuse to host a party and an even better excuse to enjoy some delicious Southern cuisine. Doesn't drinking a mint julep and nibbling on pimento-cheese-topped biscuits sound like an ideal way to spend a Spring afternoon? If you're ready to take a culinary trip (without the airline ticket), browse the best of our Southern recipes now.

Photos: Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts

Mint Juleps

In classic Derby style, serve guests a refreshing mint julep [1] made with your Kentucky bourbon of choice.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Carriage House Biscuits

You don't have to make a trip to The Carriage House [2] in Natchez, MS, to enjoy these buttery short biscuits.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Stuffed Mushrooms

Combine sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and herbs, and you've got one heck of a stuffed mushroom [3] filling.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

No Southern party is complete without spinach-artichoke dip [4]. This one comes together in five minutes!

Pimento Cheese and Prosciutto Biscuits

One bite of these stunning pimento cheese and prosciutto biscuits [5], and you'll be obsessing over them just like we are.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pepper Jelly on Cream Cheese

Spread addictive, spicy-sweet pepper jelly [6] and cream cheese on water crackers.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Lemon Bars

There's something nostalgic and comforting about lemon bars [7], especially when topped with plenty of powdered sugar.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Whiskey Bundt Cake

With its butterscotch flavor, we have a feeling this whiskey bundt cake [8] won't last long.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bourbon Milk Punch

This slushy bourbon milk punch [9] is made of exactly what it sounds like — try it for a taste of the true South.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

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