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Aside from the actual race, the Kentucky Derby is about two things: strong summer drinks and totally ostentatious hats. It’s the only event where even the tackiest celebrities put forth their best effort to find the daintiest dress and the most detailed hat, in classic Derby fashion, for the sake of the paparazzi (and our eyes!). So it’s only fitting that designer Rachel Roy and Grey Goose vodka teamed up to create the perfect hat and drink combo for May 2 affair.

The designer, who has a creepy way of making literally anyone look beautiful in her pieces, created this royal blue to be worn by a notable celeb on the day of the race. Grey Goose also created a cocktail called the “Run for the Roses” to be the official drink of the Derby, but you get to see both here first! Click on the gallery below to see the cocktail and the hat from other angles. And if you can’t make the race yourself, print out the Run of the Roses cocktail recipe below the gallery and throw a Kentucky Derby party for you and your friends!


3 parts GREY GOOSE® L’Orange flavored vodka

2 parts peach brandy

2 parts southern sweet iced tea

2 parts fresh lime juice

2 rose petals for garnish

Chambord for floating

  • Add first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.
  • Strain into two rocks glasses filled with crushed ice; pour Chambord so that it floats on the top of the drink.
  • Garnish drink with rose petals.

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