coming around the Bend with the Kentucky Derby

Like to double up your holidays?  If Cinco di Mayo isn’t enough for you, or you’d prefer to celebrate the day with a different alcohol, head out on out to Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas.  They’ll be living up the Kentucky Derby, mint juleps and all.

I wish I could tell you the secret of how they are making them, but was sworn to silence.  I can reveal that they are called “Single Barrel Blanc Mint Juleps” and are made from high quality Texas wine, sent through a special aging process and muddled with fresh mint.  From the description, it seems there is not another beverage like it on the planet.

In addition to this incredible concoction, there will be traditional hot brown sandwiches, real-time Derby viewing, a hat contest, speciality hat vendors, and horseshoe contests.  This is a family event and all are welcome.

It’s a beautiful day to get out into the Hill Country and the Derby party runs from 11am to 6pm, leaving you plenty of time to make it back home to Cinco di Mayo the night away!

For all the information, visit

The family of Bending Branch: Robert and Brenda Young, Alison and John Rivenburgh and their children. Photo by Phil Hammel of Hammel Photography.

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