$1,000 Mint Julep honors 50th anniversary of first female jockey to ride in The Kentucky Derby

 The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep has become a cherished Derby tradition, and this year it will honor Diane Crump, the first female to ride in The Kentucky Derby.

 Crump rode Fathom in the 1970 Derby and, although the thoroughbred finished 15th, Crump rode into history.  

A total of 146 julep cups, celebrating Derby 146, go on sale online on Monday, August 3.

The first 25 cups are gold-plated and sell for $2,500, while the other 121 silver-plated cups will set you back $1,000.

In years past, anyone who purchased a julep cup could only pick it up on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Due to the global pandemic, the cups will be sent directly to consumers and Morris will conduct a virtual julep experience on Derby Day, which has been postponed this year to Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Proceeds from the cup sales will be donated in Crump’s honor to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

 The cups feature etchings of the jockey silks worn in 1970 by Crump, along with the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. They are nestled in a walnut case with a replica of turquoise and white silks that Crump wore that historic day.

The cups have special meaning to Woodford Reserve and its parent company, Brown-Forman, which this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

 Fathom was owned by a Brown family member — W.L. Lyons Brown.

 The cups were designed and handcrafted by From the Vault Jewelers in Louisville, Ky. and the silks for the walnut containers were made by Bourbon Cousins of Cincinnati.

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Diane Crump Blackberry Mint Julep

(blackberry is the official fruit of Kentucky)

  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1 barspoon Blackberry Preserves
  • 1 barspoon Simple Syrup
  • Mint Bitters
  • Fresh Blackberries and Mint Sprigs, for garnish
  • Crushed Ice

 At the bottom of the julep cup mix 1 bar spoon of blackberry preserves and 1 bar spoon of simple syrup. Add 2 – 4 dashes of mint bitters. Fill two-thirds of cup with crushed ice. Add sipping straw and Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Top off cup with more crushed ice (packed in). Top with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint to garnish. Put the mint near the straw, so the smell enhances each sip. Enjoy!

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