Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with these Julep Recipes

Break out the big hats and the bourbon – the Kentucky Derby is almost here!

On May 7th, we will be watching as the horses race for the biggest title of the year, and what better way to toast the event than with a $1,000 Mint Julep?

Yes, seriously.

For the past eleven years, Woodford Reserve has created this uber-pricey cocktail to celebrate the biggest day in horse racing, offering just 105 specially made Mint Julep Cups. This year’s Julep was crafted by New York mixologist Julie Renee Williams and is a delicious mix of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, toasted pecan orgeat syrup, fresh mint, edible bronze flakes and caramelized pecan crumbles to garnish.

julie renee miller woodford blackberry mint julep

Bubbly Blackberry Julep

Seriously delicious.

The net proceeds from $1,000 Mint Julep cups sold at the Derby will be donated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Woodford Reserve 2016 Kentucky Derby $1,000 Mint Julep Recipe

  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
  • ¾ oz. toasted pecan orgeat syrup
  • Fresh mint
  • Caramelized pecan crumbles for garnish
  • Edible bronze flakes

Rub fresh mint around julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, caramelized pecan crumbles and edible bronze flakes. To make toasted pecan orgeat, toast pecans, mix or muddle into small pieces and simmer on low heat to create a nut milk. Fine strain or use a nut milk bag to remove nut pieces, and add equal parts sugar to liquid.

Bubbly Blackberry Julep

  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve
  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 blackberries
  • 5 mint leaves

Shake until ice breaks blackberries, dirty pour into a highball and add more cracked ice if necessary and top with bubbles.

Pictured above.

How to Purchase a Cup

Beginning April 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. E.T., consumers ages 21 years and older can log on to woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Crafter’s Cups or Master’s Cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville woodworker Christian Fecht, and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Houston-based menswear brand Hamilton Shirts.

Online sale closes on May 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs® on Kentucky Derby Day. Purchase of cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs. Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

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