Some days I sit behind my desk all day before going home to a mess of kids and some days I get to go make Mint Juleps with Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs. Okay, not really some days but this one day was a “pinch me” Derby moment. Last week I got to play dress up in Draper James with the incredible Elizabeth McCall, Assistant Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve and get her expert tips on making Derby’s signature cocktail. I mean… the only thing that could be better for a Derby-obsessed girl like me would be the chance to do it all again on May 5th.
Before we get into all the recipe details, here’s a little background on Elizabeth. At 33, Elizabeth is one of the youngest female distillers in the country. As Assistant Master Distiller, she works directly with Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation and development of new products in the Woodford portfolio. Yeah, she’s a big deal. I’ve been lucky enough to know Elizabeth for a few years and have watched as she has risen through the ranks at Brown-Forman which comes at no surprise since she is smart as all get out but also able to share her knowledge in a really accessible, understandable way. She’s also incredibly friendly, funny and just an all-around cool girl that you want to spend time with. She’s a boss.