What We’re Drinking This Week
If you haven’t guessed already, this being Kentucky Derby Weekend, “What We’re Drinking This Week” is a Woodford Reserve Mint Julep.
In a contract arrangement with Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve is the “official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby” and is used in a $1000 mint julep cocktail that is sold to patrons on Derby Day to benefit retired thoroughbreds.
Although Woodford Reserve is Derby’s “official bourbon”, its sister brand Early Times is the “official drink” and is featured in the more moderately priced juleps served at the event.
Woodford Reserve is a
small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey rather than a single barrel spirit, meaning several barrels are tapped and carefully blended together to find the ideal Woodford flavor profile. It is distilled in Woodford County in central Kentucky and each bottle is numbered with a batch number and bottle number and sits on the shelf in either its unmistakable flask-shaped bottle, or the Master’s Collection bottle, which strongly resembles the trademark copper stills from which it is born and bred.
See the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep recipe recipe here.
You can either buy a specially-priced bottle at The Green Parrot Liquor Store right next door to the bar and have your own Derby Day Party or stop in the Parrot on Saturday and have us craft one for you to enjoy while you watch the race with us.