It’s time to get your Derby on!

Maker’s Mark wants to make the Kentucky Derby even more unique this year! Not only is the event in September, but now you have a chance to win your own Maker’s Mark caricature bottle. Have your portrait drawn on the label of your favorite handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey!

Are you tired of being at home? You can also bid on a trip to one of the most popular destinations in the world. Each of these amazing travel adventures will be sure to cure your cabin fever!

Not ready to travel? Don’t worry! Each adventure is good for three years, with no blackout dates!

Auction proceeds will benefit inclusive horsemanship at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding. Your support helps to ensure that current program fees are maintained. Rider fees we charge our patients and participants (and their families) only cover 20% of CTRH’s total cost for services.

AmFund recognizes CTRH’s outstanding work by providing amazing travel adventures for you bid on and win staring September 2! 

Greece and Greek Islands Odyssey

Enjoy sun drenched days and exciting nights exploring the most famous islands in the Aegean Sea! This 9 day/8-night trip of your dreams takes you first to Santorini for 3 nights, then you’re off to Mykonos for 3 nights, and finally on to Athens for your final 2 nights. Included is a fascinating city tour of Athens, your inter-island flight to Santorini, your ferry to Mykonos and breakfast daily.

Castles of Ireland

Live like Kings and Queens during this glorious trip to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy 7 days/6 nights in the land of the leprechauns where the two of you will stay in authentic luxury castles such as Dromoland, Ballynahinch, Kilkea and Lough Eske castles. You’ll also be special guests at elegant Downton Abbey-style manor homes and chic hotels. This trip includes your rental car as well as breakfast daily.

Tropical Costa Rica

Take a deep breath and enjoy the sweet aroma of tropical flowers as balmy breezes soothe your soul during this 7 day/6-night escape to the spectacular beaches or verdant rainforests of Costa Rica. Your trip can be booked at a deluxe beachside resort on the North Pacific Coast, or as a cultural inland experience, depending on your preference.

Alaska Cruise: The Call of the Wild

See breathtaking wilderness and wildlife as you cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage on your 7 day/6-night adventure. The two of you will fly to Seattle where you will begin your cruise. Enjoy sightseeing adventures at every port including Ketchikan, Juneau, Victoria and Skagway. This trip includes your week-long cruise, comfortable ocean view cabin, and all your onboard entertainment, excitement and delicious dining.

Iceland-Adventures in Ice & Fire

Glistening glaciers, therapeutic hot springs, thundering waterfalls and amazing wildlife make Iceland “The Land of Fire and Ice”. This trip includes your tour of Iceland’s spectacular capital, Reykjavik, your Golden Circle Tour, visit to the Blue Lagoon and Spa, and breakfast daily. You might even see the phenomenal midnight sun or the northern lights during this 7 day/6-night trip to the land of the Vikings.

Tango in Argentina 

Escape to Buenos Aires, the most exotic vacation spot in the Western Hemisphere. With its wide boulevards, beautiful architecture and fabulous shopping, you will be entranced during your trip of a lifetime to the land of Evita. This 7 day, 6-night trip includes an authentic tango performance with dinner and wine, and your private tango lesson.

Peru: Land of the Incas & Cuisine

You will enjoy ancient wonders and sample world class flavors as you enjoy this 8 day/7-night adventure that takes you to Lima for 4 nights, then to colonial Cusco for 3 nights. This trip includes a city tour and cooking class in Lima, a chocolate-making workshop, your train ride to mystical Machu Picchu and breakfast daily.

Italy’s Romantic Amalfi Coast

This romantic Italian dream trip takes you to the enchantingly beautiful Amalfi Coast for 7 days and 6 nights. You will stay in a cliffside resort where the two of you will be mesmerized by spectacular views of the sapphire blue Mediterranean. This trip also includes a tour of the Amalfi Coast and day cruise to the gorgeous Isle of Capri.

Escape to Tropical Key West

This 4 day/3-night trip-of-a-lifetime invites you to relax, unwind and let go in America’s very own tropical paradise. As America’s only Caribbean island, Key West is a place of sheer tranquility, soothing sunshine, sparkling water, swaying palms, spectacular sunsets and total bliss. One day it’s all aboard for magical cruise to the Dry Tortugas. It’s time to treat yourself to 4 days and 3 nights of pure luxury as balmy ocean breezes warm your body and sooth your soul.

Maker’s Mark Caricature Bottles

Our friends at Makers Mark and Turfway Park want to make your Derby experience even more unique this year! Not only is the Derby in September, you now have a chance to win your own Makers Mark caricature bottle!

Bottles 1 through 35 Available.
Bid on your lucky number, a special date, or favorite sports number.

Bid Now!

Classic Mint Julep

Made with Maker’s Mark. With pronounced sugar and mint notes, the Mint Julep is a favorite bourbon cocktail and a natural match for warmer weather, horse races and good company.

– 2 parts Marker’s Mark Bourbon
– 1/2 part simple syrup
– Fresh mint leaves

How to:
1. Add all mint and syrup to your derby cup.
2. Gently muddle mint to express the oils.
3. Add ice (preferable crushed).
4. Pour Maker’s Mark over ice.
5. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig.


History of the Mint Julep

The word “julep” derives from the Spanish Arabic “julepe” and from “goláb,” the Persian word for “rosewater.” The mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938 but was actually invented in Virginia, where many took it as medicine for stomach ailments. Originally made with brandy or rum, this Southern favorite nears perfection when bourbon, particularly Maker’s Mark, is used as the spirit of choice.

Pro Tips

Sweeten The Deal
You want simple? In a sauce pan, dissolve a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water together over medium heat and cool. Double the sugar for thicker syrup.

Muddle Gently
Avoid over-muddling or using too much force. Bruising your mint can result in unwanted bitterness.

Give it a Slap
Slapping the mint against your wrist or hand before using it as a garnish can actually stimulate its fragrance.

Julep Cups
Like many cocktails, the vessel your serve it in can enhance the experience. Pewter julep cups look beautiful frosted over when filled with crushed ice and should be held from the top or bottom.

Use a Straw
The straw was invented so folks could more easily — and gracefully — enjoy their Mint Juleps. We encourage this, but please consider a reusable or biodegradable version.