The 2018 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Sale is now closed to online sales. If you’re interested in purchasing a cup, please visit us at the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Experience at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5th.

Purchase a Cup

This year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale features 105 cups. Each cup is presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by jockeys.

Bluegrass Cups

Ninety Bluegrass Cups are available for purchase – each expressing the Best of Kentucky by 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. The entire design is tied together with a gently flowing stream that celebrates the limestone water that creates strong Kentucky thoroughbred horses and Woodford Reserve, the world’s best bourbon.  The Bluegrass Cup is available for $1000.

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Commonwealth Cups

Fifteen Commonwealth Cups are available for purchase with this year’s sale. With a design similar to the Bluegrass Cup, these keepsakes are gold-plated and accompanied by a silver Woodford Reserve Sipping Straw. The Commonwealth Cup is available for $2,500.

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Cups will go on sale at 1:30 PM ET on April 11th.


Woodford Reserve’s 2018 $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Recipe – “The Best of Kentucky Julep”

  • 2 oz of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
  • 2 leaves of Kentucky Colonel mint.
  • 1 teaspoon of Kentucky Sorghum syrup from Woodford County Kentucky

To complete the julep, we add crushed ice made from limestone-filtered water sourced from the Woodford Reserve Distillery, which sets amid thoroughbred farms of Central Kentucky.

The drink is garnished with three small red roses, a sprig of mint and a single rose petal from the actual Garland of Roses, draped on the winning Derby horse.