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Woodford Reserve $1,000 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

The most expensive mint julep you'll probably ever have
mint julep


For the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon isn’t horsing around. With a respectful nod to the race’s traditional libation, the Versailles, Kentucky, bourbon maker has created a new signature mint julep recipe and will be serving them in $1,000 and $2,500 limited-edition cups for the occasion.

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  • 1 1/2 Ounce Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select
  • 1/4 Ounce Pimm's liqueur
  • 1/2 Ounce Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial
  • 1/4 Ounce Woodford Reserve mint julep simple syrup (they will be using Bourbon Barrel Foods)
  • 1 Dash early grey bitters
  • Handful of mint


Rub mint around the julep glass, expressing the essential oils.

Discard the mint.

Add remaining ingredients and top with crushed ice.

Garnish with a bundle of baby's breath and mint.

Sprinkle with dehydrated, edible blue cornflowers.