This year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale features a total of 105 cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville woodworker Christian Fecht and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by Houston-based menswear brand Hamilton Shirts®, and features a mint julep recipe created by New York mixologist Julie Renee Williams.
Ninety Crafter’s Cups are available for purchase – each cup designed by Hamilton Shirts and pays homage to the Trifecta. These individually numbered cups feature Hamilton’s classic plaid pattern, along with the 2016 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw. Each Crafter’s Cup is available for $1,000.
Fifteen Master’s Cups are available for purchase with this year’s sale. With a design similar to the Crafter’s Cup, these keepsakes are gold-plated and accented with diamonds and accompanied by a silver sipping straw. Each Master’s Cup is available for $2,500.
This year’s special mint julep recipe was created by New York mixologist Julie Renee Williams. It pays tribute to the traditional southern dessert of pecan pie, featuring a trifecta of fresh, original ingredients and garnishes.
Woodford Reserve 2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep*
- 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
- ¾ oz. toasted pecan orgeat syrup
- Fresh mint
- Caramelized pecan crumbles for garnish
- Edible bronze flakes
Rub fresh mint around julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, caramelized pecan crumbles and edible bronze flakes. To make toasted pecan orgeat, toast pecans, mix or muddle into small pieces and simmer on low heat to create a nut milk. Fine strain or use a nut milk bag to remove nut pieces, and add equal parts sugar to liquid.
*Recipe contains nuts