Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Run For The Roses

Well I, Sweet William The Scot, am ready for the Kentucky Derby. Got my fanciful straw bowler hat, got my own roses and now I am going to mix up my Mint Julep, The Very Dream of Drinks, so I can imbibe the spirits. WooHoo!!!!!!
The mint julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Each year almost 120,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glasses.
Since 2006, Churchill Downs has also served extra-premium custom-made mint juleps at a cost of $1000 each at the Kentucky Derby. These mint juleps are served in gold-plated cups with silver straws, and were made from Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint imported from Ireland, spring water ice cubes from the Bavarian Alps, and sugar from Australia. The proceeds are used to support charitable causes dedicated to retired race horses. In May 2008, Churchill Downs unveiled the world's largest mint julep glass. It has a capacity of 206 US gallons.

  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon

    Muddle 2 mint sprigs, the water, and the sugar in a silver julep cup.
    Fill the glass with crushed ice, and pour in the bourbon.
    Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
    Who is your favorite to win the Kentucky Derby? 

    A toast to the winner.
    Oh No What Have I Done, HANGOVER ~ unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    Thanks for being a friend
    traveling down the road and back again
    Your heart is true and your a friend of mine.
    Signing Off
    Sweet William The Scot


    1. I can't decide how I am going to imbibe this weekend - with a mint julep or with a pina colada for Cinco de Mayo. The decisions we face! I love you hat!

    2. My mom has Apple Mint (the official kind of mint) growin in front of your house... NOW I know WHY.. hehehe

      I was thinkin of you Last night when I saw the bad weather you were gettin... and tonight they showed the flooding in Sharonville... I hope you were totally safe with Miss Lee.

      I think you will be the most Dashing and Dapper Dandy at the TRACK!!!

    3. Cute hat!!

      I hope we get a Triple Crown Winner this year!

    4. Who cares bouts da race afters a couple or ten of them thangs...heck, who would cares bout anything.
      Nows I was thinkin' them drinks was too darn pricey but I loves da idea dat da money goes to a good cause and dat makes it all worth it.

      You is lookin' most awesome in your derby attire. I hope nobuddy mistakes you firs a girl likes they thinks I be a BOY. cubes from da Bavarian Alps, dat nearly made me pee all overs myself.


    5. Great hat and great looking drink! I would love to have a mint julep in one of the silver cups like that! It sure looks yummy!

    6. At 1000$ a drink we sure are glad you gave us the recipe!! Wonder if we have any kind of silver cup to drink out of!!!

    7. Love your hat Sweet William. Oh I have the perfect hat too and we could go together and share one of those yummy drinks!!

      loving wags

    8. You certainly look all ready for the Derby! Very Swish. But I don't think mum will let me drink that drink!

      Tail Wuggles, Rubie

    9. Love your hat and your drink!! Your blog is looking all fabulous too!!
      xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

    10. William, you sure know how to work an outfit....
      Toodle pip!
      PS Are those pink roses for Jazzi?

    11. Sweet William, your hat is very becoming and you will be quite the handsome fellow at the race. Please be careful of the julips, they have a kick. You and Jazzi will be a beautiful couple.

      Loveys Sasha

    12. At $1000 a pop, We don't think there are too many hangovers....BOL!

      Hope you back a winner.

      XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    13. At first I was like, "$1000 for a minty drink" but then the cause. So OK I'll take two. One for me and One for Puddles.

    14. Wow that drink sure sounds yummy!


    15. Well aren't you lookin festive my furiend :) The Roo Family luvs the horsey races! Mom says if she drank a $1000 mint julip she would feint and then purge (toss cookies) from the sheer notion of the excess ;)

      Waggin at ya,

    16. You're asking US who's gonna win? We thought YOU were gonna tell us. You're a lot closer than I am so right on down to the Downs and ask the horses and report back (before race time, of course).

    17. Hello Sweet William! To start, please tell your mom THANK-YOU THANK-YOU THANK-YOU for the suggestion from Lynn at Rocky Creek Scottie's of using Vicks on Lucas's nose. I contacted her, (remember that our boy Todd is a Rocky Creek Scottie) and she highly recommended it, and it really helped!!

      Second, you know, I'm originally from around Louisville and when I was in high school I marched in the Derby Parade--The whole event is one of my favorites!! I especially love the stories of the horses etc., But I don't have a favorite to win the race yet, however I see that 'Union Rags' is the early favorite...

    18. Amiguinho Willian... tudo bem?
      Você está lindo com as rosas e o chapéu, vai fazer muito sucesso na festa. Boa sorte e boa festa.
      Passei para te dar oi e dizer que gosto muito de voce.
      fica com o Papai do Céu.
      Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com amor das amigas do Brasil...



    19. William that is one fine looking Derby hat and you wear it better than anyone!!
      Hugs Madi

    20. he's so like our scottie george!
      btw we have a welsh terrier called william
      best wishes from wales UK and a terrier owner called john

    21. WOW, wish I had the Gween Papews to twy the Mint Julep butt I bettew save them in my Tweat Jaw fow a wainy day. I would give 100 gween papews fow da wetiwed howses..maybe I could get just a shot glwass full!
      your furiend,

    22. You look so handsome in your derby hat, sweet William!

      Love ya lots,
      Mitch and Molly

    23. William you look very smart! My Two Legged One would love those mint juleps and what a great charitable cause. Have a great weekend!



      PS I may have to find me one of those hats!

    24. You look AWESOME, my friend! Great post, thanks!

    25. "the world's largest mint julep glass. It has a capacity of 206 US gallons" we could have a pretty good party with that, couldn't we?

    26. Willian querido amigo...
      Te desejo um ótimo final de semana.
      Fica com o Papai do Céu.
      DIVIRTA-SE muito.
      Gosto muito de voce.
      Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com amor das amiguinhas do Brasil...


      .....\.\_/|....|\_/ \_/
      .......(. .:(_):...)

      Espero que goste...
      Com amor!!!

    27. Oh yes, I think I want one of those yummy mint juleps! Happy Derby watching, my friend!

      Your pal, Pip

    28. Oh SW - Just got your message - that address in NYC is about 70 blocks uptown from where my Momma works.

      I am lingering on your site enjoying this music :)

    29. ......and you look mahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhvelous either way cutie!

    30. by the way!!! Can't believe the toy lasted so long?! I Had one and ripped it to shreds...she took out the ball inside and I've had it ever since...been almost 6 years now and that little monster sister of mine is not allowed to touch it!!!!

    31. Sweet William
      You cewtainly look smashing in. Yoow Dewby finewy
      I hope yoow favowitest howsie won andeven if not, that yoo had a wondewful time watching the wace and sipping that soopew lovely mint Joo lip
      Smoochie kisses

    32. Amiguinho William... Tudo bem?
      Como foi seu final de semana?
      Comigo tudo bem, fez sol e sai para passear bastante. Espero que tenha se divertido também.
      Passei para te desejar uma ótima semana com muita diversão e alegria.
      Fica com o Papai do Céu.
      Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 das amiguinhas do Brasil...


    33. Hola William tu blog me ha parecido muy interesante. Gracias por visitar el mío. Suerte en ese derby. Saludos!

    34. Oopsie, I guess you had one too many juleps!

      Nubbin wiggles,

    35. Our dogs got to enjoy in some of the Derby festivities too! The marathon went right past our place so Brodie and Caolin got to watch the runners. On Derby day Brodie choose Bodemeister to win since the name is so similar to her own-- she was disapointed that he didn't win.

    36. .,Hey sweetie., you look marvelous.,
      Stopped for a visit...

      Dog Fence