This years 132 limited edition Julep Cups are plated with 24kt gold. The drink is made with some of the world’s finest ingredients; lush mint from Ireland, ultra-fine sugar from Australia, glacial ice from the Bavarian Alps and the Master Distiller’s selection of Woodford Reserve bourbon. The 132 cups are all unique, 11 feature triple crown winners, 2 derby legends and 109 of the other winners. What a way to enjoy the race.
For the rest of us here are a few derby cocktails to enjoy at home courtesy of Woodford Reserve.
Woodford Reserve Mint Julep
3-5 mint leaves
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water
2-2 ½ ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Muddle (stir/gentle crush) four mint springs and sugar in the bottom of a julep glass. Add water and continue to muddle. Add Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Pack the julep glass with crushed ice. Add a mint spring for decoration and sipping straw.
If a metal julep cup is used, be sure to use a wooden muddler (bottom of a wooden spoon) instead of a metal spoon. This will eliminate the possibility of any metal shavings getting into the drink or scratching the julep cup.
Woodford Reserve Thoroughbred Punch
2 cups unsweetened tea
1 cup sugar
1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice
1 (12 oz) can frozen limeade
7 cups water
23 ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Mix all ingredients in large punch bowl. Ladle punch into a short glass over ice. Garnish with fresh orange wedge and a maraschino cherry. Makes one gallon of Woodford Reserve Thoroughbred Punch.