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Woodford Reserve 1000 Dollar Mint Julep 2022 Kentucky Derby

As continues our coverage to the much anticipated Kentucky Derby 148, we’ve just learned all the details on the 2022 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep.

This year the program honors the connections between Kentucky and France. This year’s $1,000 Mint Julep cocktail features ingredients found at France’s Palace of Versailles, once home to three of the country’s kings from the House of Bourbon: Kings Louis XIV to XVI.

The exciting new cocktail for Kentucky Derby 148 brings together the flavors of orange, lemon, and pomegranate with Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

Handmade by Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault, the cups feature red rubies in the shape of a horseshoe. One side of the cup is engraved with a thoroughbred, representing Versailles, Kentucky, where Woodford Reserve Distillery is located and where many of the world’s best thoroughbreds are bred and raised. The other side includes a nod to Versailles, France.

Benefiting Charity

Proceeds will benefit Old Friends Farm, where famous thoroughbreds, including past Derby winners, are sent to retire peacefully. The charity was started by Mike Blowen, a retired journalist from The Boston Globe.

“The French connections to Kentucky are significant – from Versailles, the home of our distillery – to Louisville, KY, the city where the Derby is run and which was named after King Louis XVI,” said Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Cheers – or as the French would say “Sante” – to Derby 148.” Learn more about them on

The French Mint Julep Recipe 2022

2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

2 tsp. honey syrup (½ part Honey from Versailles, France, and ½ part water)

1 lemon peel

1 orange peel

2 fresh pomegranate arils, plus more for garnish

1 bunch of fresh lemon Mint sprigs, garnish

How to Purchase

A total of 148 cups, honoring Derby 148, will be available for purchase at Cups must be picked up at Churchill Downs on Derby Day at the $1,000 Mint Julep Experience.

Of the 148 cups, 18 are gold and retail for $2,500, and 130 are Silver and retail for $1,000. To purchase, visit

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