The right way to Make the Official 2021 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep at House

The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, Could 1, and due to the individuals at Woodford bourbon, you possibly can recreate this 12 months’s official mint julep recipe from dwelling to have fun.

There’s a purpose why you possibly can’t have one from the Derby: They’re bought out. Every year Woodford Bourbon and the Kentucky Derby provide a restricted provide of mint juleps with a particular twist. Whereas the juleps you should buy at concession stands are tasty (and made with the identical bourbon), the particular julep is an unique expertise—and an costly one.

A complete of simply 100 julep cups went on sale the primary week of April. Numbers 1 via 11 (the gold plated picks) have been promoting for $2,500 every, and the silver-plated cups 12 via 100 have been priced at $1,000.

Whereas the value could appear steep for a cocktail, keep in mind that this program sees the funds distributed to charities annually. This 12 months’s cups are funding assist for the Project to Protect African-American Turf History, a Kentucky-based non-profit that’s been working to inform the game’s historical past of Black jockeys for greater than a decade.

The cups have been designed by native Louisville jewelers From the Vault. Every one is available in a bespoke purse designed by Louisville artist Albert Shumake and cradled in ornamental silk patterned by artist Gwendolyn Kelly.

In case you missed out on the sale, you’re actually simply lacking out on the cup—the expertise is after all restricted for 2021. As a result of pandemic, this 12 months’s cups are being mailed on to customers, together with the substances to make the cocktail in query (except for the ice, more than likely).

The excellent news is, if the $1,000 and $2,500 juleps are being made at clients’ houses, you are able to do the identical. This 12 months’s recipe appears appropriately decadent for an occasion just like the “quickest two minutes in sports activities.”

The 2021 official julep, referred to as the “Cherries and Cream,” harkens again to some traits from greater than a century in the past. Within the late 1800s and early 1900s, cherries have been a typical ingredient on the Derby. Admittedly, cream isn’t precisely a welcome julep ingredient, so vanilla has been included to signify the flavour within the recipe.

It’ll necessitate a fast journey to the grocery retailer, and maybe some higher physique work for those who don’t have a crushed ice characteristic in your fridge. For the total expertise, you would possibly even take into account making a donation to the Project to Protect African-American Turf History.

The right way to Make the Official Kentucky Derby Cherries & Cream Julep


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  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. cherry juice
  • Half a vanilla bean pod (lower into small segments)
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: mint spring, cherry, and vanilla bean pod

Within the julep cup, add 1/2 ozcherry juice. Add half a vanilla bean pod lower into small segments. Add 1 tsp. of powdered sugar. Muddle or combine collectively.

Add crushed ice to 2/three of the cup. Add 2 ozof Woodford Reserve. High off the cup with crushed ice.

Garnish with a mint sprig, actual cherry, and vanilla bean pod.