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Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
Now in its sixth year, Derby Day will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 3:00 pm until the (hopefully) photo finish of the annual Churchill Downs race. In Austin, guests are invited to get into the racing spirit in the festive environment of the Lobby Lounge, where signature cocktails, friendly wagers, giveaways and costume contests will keep revellers entertained all afternoon long.
In addition to a build-your-own Mint Julep Bar, the Lobby Lounge will feature two Derby-inspired signature drinks:
Blackberry-Basil Julep (USD 14) – a delicious take on the more traditional tipple, the Blackberry-Basil Julep features Basil Hayden bourbon, blackberries and housemade blackberry-basil syrup.
Kentucky Mule (USD 14) – this race-related riff on the Moscow Mule mixes Maker’s Mark bourbon, lime, ginger beer and mint.The day’s food specials will also pay homage to the unique tastes of the bluegrass state. Heartier appetites can dig into Chef James Flowers’ burgoo, a traditional Kentucky stew made with a variety of fresh meat and vegetables, while comfort food fans will enjoy the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich with smoked turkey and house-smoked bacon topped with cream gravy. For lighter appetites and more refined tastes, tea sandwiches will also be available. Lastly, those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the bourbon bon bons, made with Maker’s Mark chocolate ice cream dipped in Valrhona dark chocolate.
Aside from the food, attendees will thrill to exciting trivia prizes and contests, including the always-popular Best Seersucker Suit and Best Hat awards. Given to the male and female, respectively, dressed with the most Derby spirit, contest winners will take home a sterling silver mint julep cup, which can be brought to the Lobby Lounge for a complimentary cocktail once a month until next year’s race.
Although everyone is encouraged to dress to impress, guests in everyday attire can still get into the betting action with the Trifecta Contest. For each USD 5 buy-in, bettors can select their first, second and third place competitors, with the entrant closest to the winning top three – in the order they finish – receiving a luxurious one-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. All betting proceeds will benefit Make a Wish of Central & South Texas.