The 2019 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale is over. If you’re still interested in purchasing a cup, a limited quantity will be available for sale at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby® Day. Visit us at the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Experience located right inside the main gates.
Purchase a Cup
This year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 and $2,500 Mint Julep Cup sale features 145 cups, honoring the 145th running of The Kentucky Derby®. Each cup is presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by jockeys designed by Bourbon Cousins in Cincinnati.
One hundred and twenty-five Silver-Plated Pewter Cups are available for purchase. The silver cups are handcrafted by Louisville jeweler From the Vault, and each is adorned with embellishments representative of the Best of Kentucky.
The Twin Spires are etched on the cups, while barrels — reflective of the small oak barrel resting in one spire — are prominently displayed. The cups also feature a bottle of Woodford Reserve, tying together the quintessential ingredients needed for the Kentucky Derby. The inspiration for the scrollwork on the cup comes from the classic architecture of the original grandstand at Churchill Downs. The Silver Cup is available for $1000.
Twenty Gold Cups are available for purchase with this year’s sale. With a design similar to the Silver Cup, these keepsakes are gold-plated and accompanied by a silver Woodford Reserve Sipping Straw. The Gold Cup is available for $2,500.
Cups will go on sale at 12:00 PM ET on April 10th.
Woodford Reserve’s 2019 $1,000 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep Cup Recipe
This year’s Mint Julep recipe includes a truly unique twist — the sweetener for the classic Derby cocktail is Kentucky honey that has rested for 145 days inside an oak barrel inside the famed Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.
- 2 oz of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
- 2 bar spoons of Inspired Honey Sweetener
- 2 Mint Leavess
- Garnish: Shaved honeycomb and a sprig of mint
Rub mint around the julep cup, expressing the essential oils and place the mint leaf in the bottom of the cup. Drizzle two bar spoons of honey sweetener in the cup, followed by two ounces of Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon, mixing the ingredients together. Pack ice into the cup, followed by placing the sipping straw. Layer loose ice on top, with a splash of Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon to settle your drink.
Garnish with shaved honeycomb and a sprig of mint.