It’s no secret that I adore Patricia Altschul, the breakthrough star in the reality TV show, Southern Charm… I want to be her when I grow up. And I am obsessed with her Charleston antebellum mansion, decorated by the legendary Mario Buatta, which you can tour here. Southern Charm is my guilty pleasure, and I have been known to watch the scenes featuring Patricia’s home in slow motion so I can absorb ever single exquisite detail. It is absolutely breathtaking. So when I read this feature from the New York Post featuring her tips for a winning Kentucky Derby party, I couldn’t wait to share.
Patricia begins planning her Derby parties in March, which is when she secures catering and sends out the invitations. In the true spirit of Southern hospitality, handwritten invitations are always mailed, eschewing modern conveniences such as email and Facebook. She recommends hosting the event between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“Most people drink, chat, and nibble until it’s actually time for [the horses] to go to the gate. The race is short-lived, and then afterward they go back to drinking and nibbling,” she told the Post.
1 ¹/₃ ozs. Bulleit Bourbon
1 ¹/₂ tsps. sugar
Fresh mint leaves
Using a silver julep cup and a silver muddler, crush sugar, mint leaves and a splash of water. Add Bulleit Bourbon, fill glass with crushed ice and stir until frosty. Garnish with fresh mint.
Next year, I think I will throw a Kentucky Derby party, and these tips will definitely come in handy! Thank you, Patricia!! Tune in to Southern Charm on Monday for a glimpse of the tres elegant and glamorous Patricia Altschul in all her glory. And to read more of her Derby party tips, please visit the New York Post.