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This year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale features a total of 105 cups. Each cup is presented in a silk “purse” inspired by the “purse” of winnings given to the victors of a horse race, and features a British inspired mint julep recipe crafted by Woodford Reserve Global Brand Ambassador Tom Vernon.

Noble Cups

Ninety Noble Cups are available for purchase – each cup honors the history of the British inspired Kentucky Derby. These individually numbered cups feature gold-plated embellishments as an ode to British photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s famous “horse-in motion” filmstrip, along with the 2017 Kentucky Derby date. Each cup is accompanied by a gold plated Woodford Reserve sipping straw. The Noble Cup is available for $1,000.
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Royal Cups

Fifteen Royal Cups are available for purchase with this year’s sale. With a design similar to the Noble Cup, these keepsakes are gold-plated and accompanied by a silver Woodford Reserve sipping straw. The Royal Cup is available for $2,500.
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This year’s mint julep recipe was crafted by Tom Vernon, Woodford Reserve Global Brand Ambassador. The julep consists of traditional British ingredients including Earl grey English tea bitters with a unique garnish of mint, baby’s breath and dried blue cornflowers representative of both sides of the Atlantic.


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

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