As BourbonBlog.com 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.
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 OldFriendsEquine.org
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 woodfordreservemintjulep.com. 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 woodfordreservemintjulep.com