5 Rose-Infused Recipes for the Run for the Roses

By F&W Editors Posted May 01, 2016

Festive ideas for your Kentucky Derby party.

The Kentucky Derby is not only the most exciting two minutes in sports, it’s also a great occasion to throw a party catered with things like cheesy, messy Kentucky hot browns and many, many mint juleps. For an added on-theme flourish, serve a few rose-infused foods in honor of the race’s nickname, The Run for the Roses. Here, some great ideas:

1. Vodka-Rose Punch 

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Padma Lakshmi love the floral accent an frilly pink tinge rose syrup gives this cocktail.

2. Candied Rose Petals 

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These beautiful, sugary petals make for an impressive garnish, but they’re super-easy to make.

3. Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup 

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"Ask anyone on my staff their favorite summer dish, and they'll tell you it's this one," says chef Hoss Zaré. Filled with herbs, nuts, rose petals and raisins, the soup is delicious with grilled bread.

4. Creamy Rose Panna Cotta 

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The key ingredient to this creamy dessert is Italian rose syrup, which provides a lovely, delicate floral flavor.

5. Ricotta Crêpes with Honey, Walnuts and Rose 

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These delicate crêpes get their floral, aromatic sweetness from rosewater and honey.

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