Back Deck Recipes: Derby Treats!

April 2017 Feature

Derby time is racing towards us! To properly celebrate the big day, try out some of these delightful recipes onboard. These are shared at, but don't forget to check out more on our Pinterest page

Drink: Southern Addiction Mint Julep

Recipe by mimi52


2 tablespoons simple syrup

10 fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup crushed ice (or as needed)

1/4 cup peach-flavored bourbon liqueur

3 tablespoons peach schnapps

1/4 cup club soda

1/3 cup sweet tea (or as needed)


Muddle the simple syrup and mint leaves together in a large glass and add ice. Stir in the peach-flavored bourbon liqueur, peach schnapps, club soda and sweet tea.

Note—to make simple syrup, simmer 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water over medium-low heat until the mixture is clear and the sugar has dissolved (1 to 2 minutes). Refrigerate the syrup until you’re ready to use it.

Dinner: Bacon Bourbon Burgers

Recipe by thedailygourmet


1/2 pound lean ground beef

1 tablespoon bourbon

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons steak seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

2 slices cooked bacon (cut in half)

2 slices cheddar cheese

2 hamburger buns

2 tomato slices

2 leaves lettuce


Preheat the grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Mix the ground beef, bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, steak seasoning, and garlic salt together, and pat out two patties. Grill for about 5 minutes, then flip and top each burger with the bacon and cheddar cheese. Continue grilling until the burgers are cooked to your desired state and serve on buns stacked with tomato and lettuce.

Dessert: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Recipe by Anital


1 pie shell (9 inches)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup butter

4 eggs (beaten)

1/4 cup bourbon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and heat the sugar, corn syrup, and butter over medium heat in a small saucepan, constantly stirring. Once the butter melts and sugar dissolves, cool the mixture slightly. Mix the eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Mix in the chocolate chips and pecans, pour into the pie shell, and bake for 50 to 55 minutes (or until set and golden). May be served warm or chilled.

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