CHARRED OAKS INN'S FAVORITE MINT JULEP RECIPE INGREDIENTS MINT SYRUP 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 2 cups loosely packed chopped fresh mint EACH SERVING: 1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed ice 1/2 to 1 ounce bourbon Mint sprig Directions: 1. For syrup, combine the sugar, water and chopped mint in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. 2. Line a mesh str
Charred Oaks Inn guest all decked out in her Derby finery! If you weren't able to get tickets for this year's Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, an alternative way to celebrate this annual tradition is at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky just up the road from Charred Oaks Inn. With over 1,000 tvs, access to wagering, great food, Maker's Mark drink specials and live music at the Bud Light Stage in the Paddock, Keeneland is the perfect place to watch th
‘Always Bet the Gray:’ The History Behind Derby Favorite Essential Quality’s Silver Coat
THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE PAULICK REPORT: by Emily White | 04.26.2021 | 10:02pm Godolphin homebred Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, wins the TVG Juvenile Presented By Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on Breeders' Cup Championship Friday at Keeneland on November 6, 2020: in Lexington, Kentucky. John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup/CSM A gray Thoroughbred is often a head-t
Three year old Essential Quality works out in the snow earlier this week at Churchill Downs. Twenty three-year-old horses will leave the starting gate in the 2021 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Essential Quality is a gray colt who was bred in Kentucky by Godolphin Stables, for which he races a s a homebred. He is by leading sire, Tapit, and is the 5-2 favorite to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Post time for the 147th Run for the R
I Go Among Trees by Wendell Berry
I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle. Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song. Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it le
Traditional Victorian Sponge in honor of her Majesty's birthday! The Victoria Sponge is considered a 'simple cake' these days made by using a mix of sugar, butter, eggs and flour, sometimes with the addition of baking powder. The classic filling has come to be based around jam and cream or buttercream. The cake is then finished with a dusting of icing or powdered sugar. The first reference to this beloved favorite in England dates all the way back to 1615. At Charred Oaks In
On April 16th, National Eggs Benedict Day celebrates a long favored breakfast or brunch dish. Eggs Benedict consists of poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on English muffin halves. There are two different stories as to how Eggs Benedict came to be. In 1894 stockbroker Lemuel Benedict ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of Hollandaise” at the Waldorf Hotel. They were so impressed with the dish that they put it on the menu,
An April Day in beautiful Central Kentucky ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's An April Day When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
'T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.
I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
The coming-on of storms.
From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives
A pale pink weeping cherry tree in bloom at The Lexington Cemetery. It's April Fool's Day and Mother Nature is having a chuckle. Instead of our typical spring time average temperatures we're in the low 40s with frost warnings tonight and snow flurries have been sighted around town. But make no mistake - spring is here! And here's how I know ... 1) Tomorrow the 85th spring race meet will kickoff at Keeneland 2 )It's 30 days and counting to the 147th run of the roses aka The