The Kentucky Derby Sells a $1,000 Mint Julep—Here’s What’s In It

This specialty cocktail will have you asking, "How much is a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby?"

The mint julep is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby—but most people aren’t drinking one like this!

Find more surprising food facts you didn’t know about the Kentucky Derby.

How much is a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby?

It’s usually about $11—but this specialty julep is nearly 100x that amount. Woodford Reserve, the legendary bourbon distillery, is selling a $1,000 Mint Julep at this year’s race. But it’s not really overpriced, like some restaurant foods. The $1,000 mint juleps have become an annual Derby tradition, raising over $600,000 for charity.

What do you get for $1,000?

It’s more than your standard mint julep, that’s for sure. The $1,000 julep cup is made from sterling silver and handcrafted by a Louisville jeweler. Etched on the outside of the cup is a design that represents the Kentucky Derby. The keepsakes also come with a gold sipping straw and are presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by the jockeys.

The juleps are made with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, fresh mint grown on the grounds of the racetrack and Kentucky honey. This year’s mint julep recipe includes a unique twist—the Kentucky honey was rested for 145 days inside an oak barrel in the iconic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

This mint julep would pair wonderfully with any of these Derby Day appetizers!

Can anyone buy a $1,000 mint julep?

Sure—why not? There are 145 cups available this year, honoring the 145th running of The Kentucky Derby—125 silver “Bluegrass Cups” ($1,000 each) and 20 “Commonwealth Cups” plated in gold ($2,500 each). The proceeds from the special juleps will benefit a scholarship fund at Western Kentucky University. It sounds like a worthy cause, if you have extra cash on hand!

Need more inspiration for you Derby party? Be sure to check out this collection of Derby-inspired recipes for race day.

Find a Derby Dessert That's Worthy of the Triple Crown
1 / 50

Popular Videos