Now in its tenth year, the 2015 edition was designed in partnership with fashion designer Billy Reid and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, resulting in a Mint Julep that's distinctly modern.
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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup
The signature Mint Julep cups were designed by Billy Reid and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweller From the Vault. The cups pay tribute to Derbies past, while at the same time looking to the future of this iconic US sporting event.
Partnering with acclaimed mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, this year's julep represents a new take on the heritage cocktail that is the classic Mint Julep. Using the finest ingredients, the recipe honours the history behind the cocktail while also appealing to contemporary julep drinkers.
Commenting on the news, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, said: "As a bourbon, one of the things that makes Woodford Reserve so special is our approach to whiskey production and flavour, and this year's $1,000 Mint Julep recipe is no exception" says Master Distiller Chris Morris "For us, this program represents a huge part of who we are as a brand. We're proud that this program has given way to more than $410,000 in charitable donations to equine and humanitarian related causes, and are excited to see what the next 10 years hold."
Each year, Woodford Reserve has selected a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales. To honour the tenth year of the program, the public was asked to help determine which of two pre-selected organizations would receive the donated net proceeds by voting on the official $1,000 Mint Julep Cup website.
Nearly 3,000 votes were recorded during the voting period during March, with the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program receiving the majority of votes. Woodford Reserve will contribute a nominal donation to the additional participating organization, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.