20 Appetizer and Cocktail Recipes for the Best Kentucky Derby Party Ever

Make Derby Day extra delicious.

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Throwing a Derby Day party? Serve up these delicious appetizer and cocktail recipes—and don't forget the hats! Plus, here's how to make a mint julep worthy of a Triple Crown victory.

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mint julep lemonade 
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Mint Julep Lemonade

Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot spring day—except for one that's infused with mint.

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nashville hot chicken sliders
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Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

For a bite-sized snack, try these chicken sliders inspired by the famous hot chicken sandwiches in Nashville.

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kentucky derby pie milkshake 
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Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake

Your guests will love this decadent milkshake, made with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, and bourbon. Don't forget to top it with pecan pieces and whipped cream!

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Lavender Mint Juleps

Infuse your cocktail with lavender syrup for a twist on the classic Derby Day drink.

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Mini Chocolate Pecan Cakes with Vanilla Bourbon Smash Ice Cream

These mini cakes combine butterscotch, pecan praline, and chocolate. Serve in a mini Mason jar topped with ice cream for bonus points!

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Half Baked Harvest
Kentucky Derby Pie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate-pecan pie gets the bar treatment for an easy-to-serve party dessert.

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Baby Hot Browns

Make a mini version of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich for the quintessential Derby Day party dish.

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One Perfect Bite
Mint Julep Cake

Bake the classic flavors of a mint julep into a cake for a deliciously festive twist.

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Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Make the classic Louisville spread slightly more gourmet by making bite-size tea sandwiches.

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Bourbon Peach Pie Pops

These bite-sized, peachy treats are even more adorable with mini bow ties.

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brown sugar and brown butter pecans
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Brown Sugar and Brown Butter Pecans

Toss pecans with butter and brown sugar, then toast them and sprinkle with sea salt for a tasty bar snack.

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Southern Cheese Grits

Cheese grits are a Southern classic. Try making them in individual portions for the perfect party-time snack.

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kentucky hot brown sliders
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Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

These sliders are stuffed with turkey, bacon, and Gruyere cheese, and are coated in a garlic, butter sauce for an irresistible party snack.

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Ham Angel Biscuits

Light and airy biscuits get extra heartiness with the addition of salty, country ham.

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Classic Mint Julep

Don't be fooled by the elegant appearance. Making a mint julep, the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, is anything but fussy.

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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Make deviled eggs with pimento cheese filling for a creamy, sumptuous variation.

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Bourbon Meatballs

These mini meatballs are slathered in a bourbon sauce for extra punch.

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Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

The classic, cheesy Southern appetizer is perfect on crusty bread.

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Derby Cupcakes

Capture the flavors of Derby Pie in cupcake form by adding chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and crumbled pie crust on top.

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Bourbon Pulled Pork Sliders

Pour bourbon sauce over pulled pork and serve between slider rolls for a flavorful, mini sandwich.

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