A Day at the Derby at Washington Duke

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club to host its second annual A DAY AT THE DERBY

Saturday, May 3 from 11am until 7pm with a variety of offerings

Join in the fun and excitement of Derby Day at Durham’s Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Savor Triple Crown cocktails and trophy-winning fare in a Derby-worthy atmosphere for the pre- race, the “Run for the Roses,” and post-victory revelry in the Fairview Dining Room and Bull Durham Bar.

Watch the YouTube video of Anna Honeycutt, assistant Bull Durham Bar manager, mixing up all three Triple Crown cocktails: Kentucky Derby’s Mint Julep, Belmont Stakes’ White Carnation, and Preakness’ Black-Eyed Susan. Video tutorial and recipes are below.

Best to make your reservations early (see the agenda below) and then sit back and plan your best Derby headwear…after all, isn’t hat couture something to sport and spy on at the Derby…in addition to the horses, of course.

11:00 am – 7:00 pm: Kentucky Derby broadcast on TVs in Bull Durham Bar and Fairview Dining Room

10:30 am – 2:00 pm: Derby Day Brunch

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Hats and Gloves Derby Afternoon Tea

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 6:24: pm Derby Dinner at Dusk (three courses, $35)

Make reservations at OpenTable.com and for more information call, 919-493-6699

Photo courtesy of Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club


The official beverage at Churchill Downs,

this classic cocktail combines bourbon and mint-infused

simple syrup finished with a splash of seltzer.

 1-1/2 ounces Woodford Reserve

1 ounce mint simple syrup

1 ounce seltzer

Combine bourbon and syrup in ice shaker, shake vigorously,

pour over ice, top with seltzer, garnish with sprig of mint.


The original cocktail of the Belmont Stakes blends

vodka and peach schnapps with cream and orange juice.

 1-1/2 ounces vodka

3/4 ounce peach schnapps

1/2 ounce half and half

1/2 ounce orange juice

Combine ingredients in ice shaker, shake vigorously,

strain into martini glass, garnish with orange peel.


The cocktail of The Preakness since the 1950s in various incarnations.

The most current recipe is a refreshing combination of vodka,

elderflower liqueur, blackberry brandy, and lemon.

1-1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce St-Germaine elderflower liquer

1/2 ounce blackberry brandy

2 lemon wedges

Combine ingredients in an ice shaker, strain into a martini glass,                                                       garnish with a floating lemon wheel.


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