Harlem Derby Festival 2019

Uptown Mint Julep Showcase

Participation Details

Please note, in order to participate the following requirements must be met:


STEP 1: Participation & Retail Support

  • Must receive participation approval from the owner/manager of your bar/restaurant to participate in the Mint Julep competition.


Suggested Buy-In/Requirements to Support Mint Julep Featured Cocktails:


  1. Two cases of Woodford Reserve Select + Two bottles of Woodford Reserve Rye/Woodford Reserve Double Oak/Woodford Reserve Malt

STEP 2: Woodford Reserve Bartender Training and Immersion


  • Bartenders to attend the Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador training where guests will learn how to create the perfect Woodford Mint Julep

  • TENTATIVE DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2019


STEP 3: Submit Your Cocktail


  • After the immersion training, create your Mint Julep cocktail and submit via email and the submission website. Include the name of the cocktail, ingredients, and picture

  • Ensure your establishment carries all of the ingredients in the cocktail so that visitors can order during the voting period

STEP 4: Social Media Voting & Industry Judges


  • Each participant will receive an Instagram friendly image of their cocktail to post to their personal Instagram. The participating bar/restaurant will also post to their social media.

  • At the end of the voting period, the top social media votes received plus the input of industry judges will determine the Top 3 Winners and 1 Alternate.

  • The voting period will be from Monday, April 15th to Monday, April 29th. The winners will be announced Tuesday, April 30th, 2019


STEP 5:  Top 3 – Showcase at 2019 Harlem Derby Gala Presented by Woodford Reserve

  • Each of the top 3 will have a station at he Harlem Derby Gala to make and sample attendees at the event. Guests will be given a voting chip and will be able to vote on their favorite Woodford Reserve Mint Julep

  • Winner selected by attendees during voting period at the event


  • Showcase at 2019 Harlem Derby Gala Presented by Woodford Reserve

  • VIP Woodford Reserve Brand Immersion

  • Top 3 finishers receive Cash Prizes



  • ½ Gallon OR 1 Gallon of Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Syrup

  • Custom Table Tents

  • Woodford Reserve Metal Julep Cups

  • Woodford Reserve Barware Kit

  • Harlem Derby Social Media Campaign



  • Woodford Reserve Brand Immersion Training

  • Woodford Reserve Giveaways

  • Cash Prizes: $500 WIN, $300 PLACE and $200 SHOW


  • Bartender Training:  Thursday, April 4th 

  • Woodford Reserve Suggested Orders Placed:  Monday, April 8th

  • Cocktail Submissions Due:  Tuesday, April 9th

  • Sampling/voting begins:  Monday, April 15th

  • Sampling/voting ends:  Tuesday, April 30th

  • Three finalists announced:  Wednesday, May 1st

  • 7th Annual Run for the Roses Gala & Kentucky Derby Watch Party at Red Rooster Harlem:  Saturday, May 4th

Uptown Mint Julep Showcase Participation Details