Celebrate derby day with a winning mint julep

The restaurant helps celebrate the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) It’s called the most exciting two minutes in sports and one area restaurant is helping the community celebrate the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

VooDoo BBQ & Grill along with Winner’s Circle Off Tracking Betting is one of the many establishments celebrating the race before the horses hit the track. The restaurant offers a new category of New Orleans-style BBQ. VooDoo BBQ & Grill brings together BBQ styles and with Caribbean, Cajun and Creole spices.

The restaurant also has a fully stocked bar and specialize in many drinks. The traditional drink for the Kentucky Derby is a mint julep. Two bartenders stopped by First News Saturday to share a recipe of that favorite.


  • 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve (The Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby)
  • Simple Syrup
  • 10 Mint Leaves (Muddle the mint sprigs with the simple syrup)

After adding the items, pour over ice followed by a little bit of water. Then you stir the drink a few times and finally put a mint into the drink. The bartenders also created another signature VooDoo BBQ & Grill drink. For more detailed instructions, watch the video above.

VooDoo BBQ & Grill is located on 1304 Minnich Road in New Haven. Its hours are Sun- Thurs 11am-10pm and Fri & Sat 11am-midnight.

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