A Kentucky Derby Favorite

Churchill Downs’ SARAH CONTARDO shares a favorite
peach recipe.

Bourbon Pickled Peaches

2 pounds fresh sliced peaches
1 pound granulated sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
½ cup water
1 cup orange juice
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup bourbon

In a medium sized sauce pot combine all ingredients and bring mixture to a boil. Turn heat down to a medium simmer and cook for 4 to 5 minutes to allow the peaches to cook. Place the mixture in a mixing bowl and wrap with plastic for a tight seal. Place in refrigeration over night or up to 7 days. The flavor gets better each day.


Sarah Contardo There are few American sporting events with the history, glamour, and tradition of the Kentucky Derby. As vice president of ticketing sales and strategy at Churchill Downs, Sarah connects derby and horse-racing fans with the perfect premium seats in the most exclusive areas of the racetrack. She works to help corporate and private groups choose luxury suites that offer the highest levels of hospitality and most magnificent views in professional sports. She also works closely with guests outside of the suites to select premium dining seats that allow them to enjoy the beauty and excitement of horse racing while experiencing the traditional Southern flavors of the track’s culinary creations. Whether working with large or small corporate groups, private parties or individuals, Sarah ensures that the Kentucky Derby and racing at Churchill Downs is a truly unforgettable experience for every guest.

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