By SD Wentworth
*drinks*Sparkling Mint JulepMint Julep Sweet TeaIt isn’t quite the Derby Day Party without some form of a Mint Julep drink. It’s southern tradition and no one will dare to change this around. Still, you can be like every other party and have your classic Mint Julep as a drink, or you can be a trailblazing GG booze expert and make a Sparkling Mint Julep AND Mint Julep Sweet Tea. Both choices are quite refreshing, and will be standouts among any other classic (read: slightly boring) drink.*desserts*Mint Julep ProfiterolesBourbon Chocolate Pecan PieThese desserts will bring the ooey gooey deliciousness to your Derby Party Menu, and your guests will no doubt thank you. I love the idea of Mint Julep Profiteroles (the cream on the inside of the puffs can be mixed with mint julep to give it that fresh new taste, or just mix it in the chocolate drizzle; your choice.)! They are darling to look at, delicious to eat, everybody wins. Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie..is as dark and deviant as it sounds, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. As I suggested with the profiteroles, you can lace the chocolate part either with bourbon or a splash of your mint julep to give the pie a bit of oomph, but in my humble opinion, this stunner can do justice on its own.**BONUS**Mint Julep GeleesIf you really want to use Derby Day as an excuse to show off just how much you’ve become acquainted with your kitchen, then try this on for size and make some Mint Julep Gelees. The recipe is available online, and it isn’t easy, but if you pull it off, you’ll go down as a legend in Derby Party circles, and really, who could ask for more? No one, that’s who: no one.I hope to see these recipes at somebody’s party. If not, it just may go down as the worst disappointment since Lilly for Target began showing up on ebay for triple the price in store. Have fun and remember GGs, the bigger the derby hat, the closer to stardom, so make it count!