Kentucky Derby Serving $1,000 Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, Here’s The Recipe So You Can Make It At Home

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You probably weren’t able to make it out to the Kentucky Derby and that means you weren’t able to blow a grand on this very special mint julep. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own luxurious mint julep at home while you watch the iconic horse race and scream at the top of your lungs at your favorite pony.

There will be $1,000 Woodford Reserve mint juleps served at the Kentucky Derby. The net proceeds of the pricey bourbon cocktails will go to the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which empowers charitable organizations that fulfill children’s vital needs and drives art access to positively impact the lives of young people, artists, and the organizations that serve them. Since 2005, Woodford Reserve’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup has raised more than $450,000 for various charities.

The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep comes served in a beautiful cups. This year’s limited-edition Derby Day drinks are available in 90 Bluegrass Cups featuring a “thoroughbred and jockey, a single rose and the iconic bottle of Woodford Reserve – all raised on the sides. The design also features, for the first time, the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs to celebrate the new partnership between The Kentucky Derby and Woodford Reserve.”

Then there are 15 Commonwealth Cups that are like the Bluegrass Cups but these are gold-plated and come with a silver Woodford Reserve sipping straw. The Commonwealth Cups are priced at a whopping $2,500. Both cups are presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by jockeys. Both cups went on sale on April 11th and sold out within a week, proving that Americans have too much disposable income.

But if you can do without the opulent cups then you can make this hoity-toity cocktail at home while you watch your horse lose your life savings at the Kentucky Derby. Here’s the cocktail recipe for the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep without the $1,000 pricetag.

2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon
1 tsp. Sorghum Simple Syrup from Woodford County, Kentucky
2 Kentucky Colonel Mint Leaves

You can get sorghum from Kentucky HERE or from Missiori HERE or a cheaper sorghum from Pennsylvania Dutch country HERE. You can get Kentucky colonel mint HERE, then grow them and use them in your mojitos all sumer long. Of course you can use regular mint from the grocery store and make your own simple syrup.

Town and Country explains how to properly make the Kentucky staple: “Take one mint leave and rub it on the inside of the julep cup to express the essential oils. Add the bourbon and simple syrup and top off with crushed ice made from limestone-filtered water sourced directly from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to blend the ingredients.”

Maybe this $1,000 mint julep would pair well with these $1,000 24-karat chicken wings.


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