A Derby special: Woodford's $1000 Mint Julep

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Woodford Reserve is now in its 12th year of offering $1,000 Mint Julep Cups at the race. This year's Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup is presented under one theme: The Sport of Kings and Queens, with the cup paying tribute to the British origins of the Kentucky Derby. They're available for purchase online until noon, and a limited number will be available at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

Trying to make one at home? Here's the Woodford Reserve 2017 $1,000 Mint Julep recipe:


  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz Pimm's Liqueur®
  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Cordial
  • 1/4 oz Woodford Reserve® Mint Julep Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Earl Grey bitters
  • Handful of mint


  1. Rub mint around the julep cup, expressing the essential oils.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and top with crushed ice.
  3. Churn ingredients with a bar spoon distributing the flavor.
  4. Top with additional crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a bundle of baby's breath and mint.
  6. Sprinkle with dehydrated edible blue cornflowers.
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