A round up of the best Kentucky Derby party food recipes from appetizers to drinks and desserts. Try an easy mint julep cocktail or decadent mint julep cupcakes!
Hosting a Kentucky Derby party? Here’s a list of delicious appetizers, drinks and desserts your guests will love.
These kentucky derby party food recipes have all the essentials like mint juleps, bourbon meatballs and bourbon cheesecake jars! (some can be made-ahead for even easier hosting).
Even if you’re not having a derby party, these recipes are still great for those whiskey lovers out there ;).
Oh yeah, and don’t forget your over-the-top hat to wear while serving your food. It’s not a Kentucky Derby party without those funny hats!
Kentucky Derby Appetizers:
An easy, yet impressive appetizer! Made with a hint of bourbon, bacon and caramelized onion, it’s the perfect party appetizer. Serve with crackers, apples or pear slices.
Candied pecans are amazing and these no refined sugar Maple Bourbon Pecans are even better! Sweet maple syrup, smoky bourbon, rich cinnamon, and a little spicy heat makes these roasted pecans outrageously addictive! A delicious sweet-salty mix.
Not your usual mint julep recipe! This quinoa salad has the flavors of a classic mint julep for a healthy derby appetizer or side dish recipe.
Sweet with the heat and all with that Kentucky bourbon flavor that brings the South to your mouth! With no frying required, these chicken wings are definitely on the list for an easy crowd pleaser.
These slow cooker whiskey meatballs take just 5 minutes to prep for the perfect make-ahead derby appetizer. Everyone will be asking for seconds (and the recipe), so you’ll definitely want to make a double batch!
This bourbon brown sugar marinade is simple, quick and easy. Great for steak, chicken or to make skewers with. Serve them as your main dish or appetizer!
Kentucky Derby Drink Recipes:
For a delicious twist on a classic bourbon cocktail, you’ll love this brown sugar-peach mint julep. Made with a homemade dark brown sugar simple syrup and freshly muddled peaches, this summery mint julep is a perfect Kentucky Derby cocktail!
Perfect for Derby Day or any other warm day, this cool and refreshing mint julep recipe is made with crushed ice, an easy simple syrup, Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint.
This ice cold Blackberry-Lemon Mint Julep recipe is a fragrant and refreshing twist on a classic. Perfect for sipping on a warm day or for watching the horse races!
Kentucky Derby Dessert Recipes:
If you love cheesecake, bacon, bourbon, and of course horses, then you’ll love these no bake cheesecake jars with an amazing, salty, sweet, bourbon candy bacon on top.
Mint Julep Bread Pudding has the ingredients we love in the classic cocktail. There is bourbon in the custard base of the pudding. Mint simple syrup and bourbon add lots of flavor to the glaze that goes over it.
Mint julep cupcakes are the perfect dessert for the Kentucky Derby. Make the recipe using Kentucky Bourbon and crème de menthe liquor for a kick of flavor. The cupcakes taste just like the cocktail!
There you have it! A nice little spread of Kentucky Derby part food recipes.
Appetizers, drinks and desserts for your party menu!
Even if you’re not having a derby party and love whiskey, these recipes are sure to intrigue you ;).