The mint julep has been the traditional cocktail of The Kentucky Derby for almost a century, and has been served at Churchill Downs racetrack since 1875. For those attending the Derby in high style on the first Saturday in May, Woodford Reserve Distillery offers The $1000 Julep Cup, now in its seventh year, to quench your thirst and benefit the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center.
The sterling silver and gold cup honors the 89th year that the Kentucky Derby winner has been awarded the gold trophy. There will be a total of 89 cups available for purchase or auction beginning April 15.
Buyers of the $1000 Mint Julep Cup will receive their cups on Derby Day, filled with a specially-crafted Mint Julep recipe:
- Mint leaves grown near the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky, that are dusted with gold
- Woodford Gold sorghum from Woodford County, Kentucky
- Ice made of gold-filtered mineral water
- Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, the bourbon that has won a gold medal at every major spirits competition
For those interested in a more modest julep recipe, The Kentucky Mint Julep by Colonel Joe Nickell offers recipes and commentary ranging from the traditional to the historical and even the modern. Register by tomorrow, Friday, April 19 at 1 pm to win a copy of Nickell’s book!