Derby Daze

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, as served at Rhumbar in The Mirage, $12

And they’re off! But even if you won’t be among the lucky chapeau’d and cheering few to witness the starting gates open and sing “My Old Kentucky Home” at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby enthusiasts will have multiple opportunities to revel in all things equine at a number of viewing parties on May 7.

At Blue Martini, Hollywood Hats and The Party 93.1-FM throws a viewing party noon-4 p.m. (BlueMartiniLounge.com). El Cortez hosts a viewing party 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fiesta Room with $2 Bloody Marys.

And that rum-centric palace, Rhumbar, presents Derby Daze, 1-4 p.m., featuring that traditional Derby sipper, the mint julep, as styled by Woodford Reserve, a premium small-batch Kentucky bourbon. Grab a seat on the patio and perhaps even a stogy for when your horse comes in, and take in the action on any of a number of flatscreen TVs. Juleps will be available in traditional mint (served in a copper-color julep cup; the first 100 guests get to keep theirs) as well as raspberry and peach. Giddyap!

Muddle 3 sprigs of fresh mint with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and 1 ounce of water in the bottom of a julep cup. Fill the cup with crushed ice till almost overflowing. Add 2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon over the top. Lightly dust a fourth mint sprig with powdered sugar and garnish.

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