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2016 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep pays tribute to iconic southern dessert

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 2016 Woodford Reserve $1000 Mint Julep is a nod to both fashion and an iconic southern dessert.

This year's special Mint Julep recipe pays tribute to pecan pie, featuring a trifecta of fresh, original ingredients and garnishes.

Chris Morris, Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve's master distiller, says the drink is the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Luxury served exclusively at Churchill Downs on Derby Day in a cup specially designed by acclaimed designers at Hamilton Shirts. Proceeds from the cup sales will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Woodford Reserve 2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep*

2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select

¾ oz. toasted pecan orgeat syrup

Fresh mint

Caramelized pecan crumbles for garnish

Edible bronze flakes

Rub fresh mint around julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, caramelized pecan crumbles and edible bronze flakes. To make toasted pecan orgeat, toast pecans, mix or muddle into small pieces and simmer on low heat to create a nut milk. Fine strain or use a nut milk bag to remove nut pieces, and add equal parts sugar to liquid.

*Recipe contains nuts

Rub fresh mint around julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, caramelized pecan crumbles and edible copper flakes.

To make toasted pecan orgeat, toast pecans, mix or muddle into small pieces and simmer on low heat to create a nut milk. Fine strain or use a nut milk bag to remove nut pieces, and add equal parts sugar to liquid.

About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve, the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby," is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, CLICK HERE.

About Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

The PDJF is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Created in 2006 by leaders in the horse racing industry, PDJF has disbursed over $7 million dollars and currently supports 60 permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund is grateful for the support of our many industry partners who are committed to the welfare of these men and women. For more information, CLICK HERE. .

About Hamilton®

As an American institution worn by statesmen, entertainers, and captains of industry, Hamilton Shirts isn't just a brand-it's a legacy. For more than a century, the Hamilton family has worked one-on-one with our clients to customize shirts unique to their size, style, and sensibility. Today, Hamilton continues to marry stylish design and informed craftsmanship with the best possible fit to provide customers with their ideal shirts. For more information, CLICK HERE

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