The Kentucky Derby

Brown-Forman brands have returned to the starting gate for Kentucky Derby® 136. Woodford Reserve® Bourbon and Early Times® Mint Julep are this year's "Official" whiskey products of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs® Derby-related events. As crown jewels in Kentucky's illustrious history, the Kentucky Derby and the beloved whiskeys of the Bluegrass continue to mature side-by-side.

The Kentucky Derby has long been called the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports," and tradition holds that the event be toasted with an ice cold Mint Julep made with Kentucky's finest whiskey. A title bestowed on only a handful of brands, being an "Official" beverage or drink of the Kentucky Derby is an honor. Woodford Reserve Bourbon (for the 12th year) and Early Times Mint Julep (for the 23rd year) are ready to celebrate the Derby season. From black-tie dinners to parties at home, these fine brands make Derby celebrations even more special.

Here are a few recipes you could use in planning your Derby® 136 Party: Drinks:
Woodford Reserve® Mint Julep, Woodford Lily, Woodford Julep Two Step, Chocolate Mintini, Mint Juleps for Many, Raspberry Mintini, The Ten Second Mint Julep, Frozen Mint Julep, Flavored Juleps, Liquid Bourbon Ball, Thoroughbred Punch, Frozen Woodford Peach Smash, Woodford Cherries Jubliee

Foods: Ham with Honey Bourbon Mustard, Bourbon Dates, Spinach and Cheese Strata, Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Fondue, Bluegrass Peaches with Ice Cream, Bourbon Bacon Toasts

Our Recipes

Bloody Mary
Blue Silks Martini
Chocolate Mintini
Comfort OJ
Easy Korbel Champagne Punch
Election Cocktails 2008
Finish Martini
Flavored Juleps
Frozen Woodford Peach Smash
Grandstand Bourbon Punch
Liquid Bourbon Ball
Mint Juleps for Many
The Mintini
Oaks Lily
Pink Silks Martini
Raspberry Mintini
Southern Hurricane
Southern Summer Cocktail
Sparkling Silks Display
The Frozen Mint Julep
The "10-Second" Mint Julep
The Quick and Easy Mint Julep
Thoroughbred Punch
Vodka Tonic with a Twist
Woodford Blackberry Lemonade
Woodford Cherries Jubliee
Woodford Julep Two Step
Woodford Peaches and Pears
Woodford RazzHatten
Woodford Lily
Woodford Reserve® Mint Julep
Woodford Reserve® Sweet Bourbon

Woodford Sweet Tea
Benedictine Spread
Bluegrass Peaches with Ice Cream
Bourbon Bacon Toasts
Bourbon BBQ Fondue
Bourbon Dates
Ham with Honey Bourbon

Early Times Kentucky Whisky Mint Julep

Garlic Cheese Grits Soufflé
Kentucky Burgoo
Kentucky Bison Stew
Melon, Prosciutto and Mozzarella

Skewered Rosemary Shrimp with Mint

Spinach and Cheese Strata
Tim's Tomato Summer Sandwiches
Woodford Reserve® Ambrosia
Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Fondue
Woodford Reserve® Filet Mignon with
 Henry Bain Sauce

Woodford Reserve® Race Day Pie

Tim Laird, Brown-Forman's "CEO, Chief Entertaining Officer" offers these fun Derby ideas to make your Derby party a great event so you as a host can enjoy the Derby as much as your guests. "These are great ideas for Derby, but also work for anytime you have guests at your home," says Laird. "All can be made ahead of time with little to no prep in the morning."

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