POPSUGAR Celebrity

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

May 1 2015 - 6:05am

May 1 kicks off the 141st Kentucky Derby [1]! 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.

Mint Juleps

In classic Derby style, serve guests a refreshing mint julep [2] made with your Kentucky bourbon of choice.

Carriage House Biscuits

You don't have to make a trip to The Carriage House [3] in Natchez, MS, to enjoy these buttery short biscuits.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Combine sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and herbs, and you've got one heck of a filling for stuffed mushrooms [4].

Whiskey Bundt Cake

With its butterscotch flavor, we have a feeling this whiskey bundt cake [5] won't last long.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

No Southern party is complete without spinach-artichoke dip [6]. This one comes together in five minutes!

Peppery Ranch Cheese Ball

Every Southern party and occasion calls for an herby cream cheese ball [7] rolled in spices, nuts, or dried fruit.

Lemon Bars

There's something nostalgic and comforting about lemon bars [8], especially when topped with plenty of powdered sugar.

Pepper Jelly on Cream Cheese

Spread addictive, spicy-sweet pepper jelly [9] and cream cheese on water crackers.

Pimento Cheese and Prosciutto Biscuits

One bite of these stunning pimento cheese and prosciutto biscuits [10], and you'll be obsessing over them just like we are.

Bourbon Milk Punch

This slushy bourbon milk punch [11] is made of exactly what it sounds like — try it for a taste of the true South.

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