Hats, horses, mint juleps at Peppermill Reno for Derby Day 2014

Peppermill Sportsbook

Peppermill Reno sports book. Photo courtesy of The Abbi Agency and Peppermill Reno

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style with Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

This is a press release and includes no original reporting

Known as the greatest two minutes in sports, the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby commences on Saturday, May 3. Doors at the Peppermill Reno open at 7:30 a.m.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino offers multiple viewing and wagering opportunities in the Racebook and Capri Ballroom, perfect for those wanting to partake in this annual celebration. From indulging in mint juleps to dressing in colorful attire and adorning eccentric hats, the Peppermill has something for everyone.

There is no admission charge and the Capri ballroom is smoke-free.  Invited guests receive souvenir t-shirts, commemorative glasses and comp food coupons. Advance wagering on the Derby is available Friday, May 2 in the Racebook.

California Chrome is one of the horses to watch, trained by Art Sherman who is based in California.  Pick your horses, place your bets, and enjoy this southern tradition in style.

Derby Day at Peppermill

Who: Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
What: Kentucky Derby – The Best Place in Reno to Watch The Races
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Peppermill Racebook and the Capri Ballroom, 2707 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502

Peppermill Mint Julep

Mint Julep at the Terrace Lounge at Peppermill Reno. Photo courtesy of The Abbi Agency and Peppermill Reno


Make your own Terrace Lounge-style mint julep

5 to 6 mint leaves + top leaves of 2 mint sprigs
1 teaspoon sugar or 1 sugar cube
3 ounces bourbon
Old fashioned glass or the classic silver beaker

Place the mint leaves in the bottom of your pre-chilled glass or beaker. Add sugar and crush lightly with a muddler. Careful not to crush and tear mint, you just want to release the natural oils in to the sugar! Pack the glass well with crushed ice. Pour a generous 3 ounces of bourbon over the ice. At Terrace Lounge, they use Woodford Reserve. The spicy rye gives the classic southern cocktail a bit of an edge! Using an elongated bar spoon, begin to mix the bourbon and ice while also gently turning your glass by the base. This will create a lovely frost on the outside of your glass. Pack more ice on to your glass, creating a mound of crushed ice. Take your mint sprigs and gently slap against your hand to release the oils, place the mint in your mound of crushed ice to enhance the aroma for the drinker! Enjoy!

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Mike Higdon

Editor & Publisher at Drinkable Reno
Mike Higdon is a journalist passionate about beer and cocktails. He started the site because no one else covered Reno's growing craft scene at the level of detail required to stay in the know about all things drinkable in Reno.

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