Kentucky Derby Bites and Cocktails

Treat guests to traditional Kentucky Derby treats and cocktails this race day. Woodford Reserve Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall shares tips with Fox News’s Lilian Huang Woo.


Bourbon Chocolate Caramel Mousse

Bourbon Chocolate Caramel Mousse Jars – the mousse can be prepared ahead and prepared in jars; add fruit and whipped cream before serving

Mint Julep

Mint Julep
2 oz Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
0.5 oz Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Cocktail Syrup
3 Fresh Mint Leaves
Crushed Ice

Rub the mint inside the glass or julep cup to express the oils. To the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more crushed ice, and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a straw to enjoy.


Meatball Cucumber Mint Skewers

2 lbs. Ground Lamb
1 Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped
Zest of 2 Lemons
C Parsley, Finely Chopped
3 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Dried Oregano
tsp Salt & Pepper
tsp Cayenne
1 English Cucumber, inch Slices
Chopped Mint for Garnish
Greek Yogurt
Smoked Paprika for Garnish
1/2 cup gribiche sauce
Skewers, Soaked in Water for at least 15 min

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add lamb, onion, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt & pepper into a bowl. Mix together and roll into 2 T sized balls with your hands, placing them on a parchment lined baking tray. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 min or until meatballs are crisp and cooked through on the inside.