Kentucky Derby Museum is adding a splash of bourbon to a new tour coming to the Museum Jan. 23. The Bourbon and Bridles Tour includes an exciting tour at Churchill Downs, intertwining the history of bourbon and horse racing in Kentucky. At the end, guests will get to make their own Mint Julep, and of course, enjoy drinking it!
While walking through historic Churchill Downs, guests will learn fun facts about why horse racing and bourbon go together, including what makes a Thoroughbred a Thoroughbred? And a bourbon a bourbon? They will pick up facts about distillery owners who have won the Derby, and how some guests imbibed on Derby day during Prohibition. We may have $1,000 Mint Juleps today, but during the Great Depression, they cost $0.75!
The tour ends inside the Derby Cafe Express at the Museum, an official stop on Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail where guests can get their Urban Bourbon Trail passport stamped. There, guests will enjoy a bourbon tasting along with an interactive lesson on how to make the famous Mint Julep, and then taste one. Guests will also enjoy Louisville's Modjeska candy, named after the famous actress who attended the third running of the Kentucky Derby in 1877, and who took quite a liking to the Mint Julep.
“Locals and out-of-towners are often looking to experience the same thing: horses and bourbon. Why not give them both in one location? The ties between bourbon and horse racing run together throughout Kentucky Derby history, and to us, is an obvious tour to offer guests.” said Kentucky Derby Museum President & CEO, Patrick Armstrong.
The tour costs $75 per person, and includes general admission to the Museum, a gift bag with Mint Julep syrup and recipe, Modjeska candy, a Derby glass, and more! This experience is offered every Thursday starting Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and is limited to 10 guests, age 21 and older.
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