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Woodford Reserve $1000 Mint Julep Cup 2016

“An exciting new pecan pie theme,” as Woodford Reserve Mater Distiller described the new Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep for Kentucky Derby 142 today in a press conference at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The sales benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

After Morris demonstrated how to make the cocktail, and several journalists tasted it. All shared positive reviews of this elegantly Southern twist on the classic.

Now in its 11th year, the 2016 cocktail gives an elevated Derby experience curated by Master Distiller Chris Morris, in partnership with acclaimed menswear designer Hamilton Shirts and New York mixologist Julie Renne Williams. “This partnership marks a true trifecta of craftsmanship and artistry,” Morris explained.

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Woodford Reserve 2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe


Woodford_Mint_Julep_Kentucky_Derby2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon

.75 Toasted Pecan Orgeat Syrup*

Fresh Mint

Caramelized Pecan Crumbles for Garnish

Edible Copper Flakes

Slap the mint. Rub fresh mint around the julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in the glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, pecan  and edible copper 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.

About the Cup

The signature $1,000 Mint Julep Cups were designed by Houston-based men’s shirt designer Hamilton Shirts and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault.

Mint_Julep_$1000_Master_Cup_Woodford_Reserve“The $1,000 Mint Julep Cup is representative of our approach to design, with an engraved classic plaid graphic and stitch beading,”  David Hamilton, a fourth-generation co-owner of Hamilton Shirts tells

“As a family-owned company rooted in heritage and tradition, we’re honored to be a part of an event as iconic as the Kentucky Derby, and thrilled to work alongside Woodford Reserve.”

In addition to the cups themselves, Hamilton also developed an exclusive, limited edition fabric that will accompany each cup in its box’s lining.

“Partnering with two talented artists represents our commitment to create an unparalleled experience for Kentucky Derby fans,” said Morris. “Woodford Reserve has donated more than $425,000 to equine and humanitarian-related causes through this program, and we are proud to continue to positively impact these communities through this year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup.”

Each year, Woodford Reserve selects a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales. This year’s receiving charity is the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which works to provide financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.




How to Purchase a Cup

MAster_distiller_Chris_Morris_Woodfor_DerbyBeginning April 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. E.T., consumers ages 21 years and older can log on to to purchase one of the Crafter’s Cups or Master’s Cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville woodworker Christian Fecht, and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Houston-based menswear brand Hamilton Shirts. Online sale closes on May 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. Purchase of cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs.

Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. For complete terms and conditions, please visit

Crafter’s Cups

90 Crafter’s Cups are available for purchase online for $1,000 on a first come, first buy basis from April 26-May 6. These individually numbered cups feature Hamilton’s classic plaid pattern, along with the 2016 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo, and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw.

Master’s Cups

Mint_Julep_1000_dollar_Cups_2016_DerbyIn addition to the 90 $1,000 Crafter’s Cups, there are 15 gold-plated Master’s Cups available for purchase online for $2,500 on a first come, first buy basis.

These individually numbered cups feature Hamilton’s classic plaid pattern accented with diamonds, along with the 2016 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a silver sipping straw.



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