Happy Thurby Day – Your Guide to Cinco de Derby! | South Shore Moms


One of the fun parts about the Kentucky Derby is the actual betting. Make sure you do your homework and pick a horse. Unlike me, who picks the best name. You can guess which one I’m going with…

Don’t miss the excitement!


Start with the hat. This is a chance for us New Englanders to play Southern Belle. So, definitely start with the hat! There are so many fun (and outrageous) options. GO ALL OUT!  The hardest part is finding or creating the perfect hat. Decide on the style first. Keep in mind that all of the “decor” (think: flowers, ribbon, etc.)  should be added to the front. Since it also happens to be Cinco de Mayo, go bold and bright! Color is key. If you’re shopping online, popping into a local flower shop to have them work with an existing hat you love or shopping at Michael’s to DIY from scratch, just remember, that the most flattering style for this occassion is the turned down brim hat.

Hat Credit: Snippets & Ink

Head to Paul Douglas Floral Designs in Cohasset for some last minute shopping!

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Mint Julep

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
4 bunches mint, ends trimmed
2 1/2 cups bourbon

Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and submerge 3 bunches of mint. Let stand at least 1 hour. Strain.

Stir together the mint syrup and bourbon in a pitcher.
Pour 4 ounces of cocktail over over plenty of crushed ice; garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw. Garnish with mint bouquet and serve!


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2 cups tequila
2/3 cups mezcal
2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
1 cup lime juice
1 cup water
3 tbs agave nectar (Or to taste)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
7 oz Q-Grapefruit tonic

In a large pitcher, stir together the liquor, grapefruit juice, lime juice, water, and agave. Serve over crushed ice, top with Q-Grapefruit. Garnish with salted rim and something beautiful.

The Brown Derby


2oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey2 cups water
1oz grapefruit juice
.5oz honey syrup


Shake it up and pour into a martini glass, garnishing with pink peppercorns.


If you’re still struggling on what to wear. Check out TSSM’s favorite floral dresses for inspiration! Oh, and make sure that dashing date of yours wear a fun bow tie! We love this festive one from Vineyard Vines! Pop into Vineyard Vines at Derby Street to check out THE Official Style of the Kentucky Derby.

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