$1000 Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Better hope you make some good bets at the Kentucky Derby this year cause you’ll need it to pay off the $1000 bar tab you’ll have after buying this.

The good news is that you can keep the cup and that Churchill Downs will funnel money from the pricey juleps to the New Jersey-based Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides homes for the former race horses.

According to ESPN.com

The sweet cocktail will be made with one of the state’s finest bourbons and served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw to the first 50 people willing to put down the cash at the May 6 race.

Mint from Morocco, ice from the Arctic Circle and sugar from the South Pacific will put this mint julep in a class of its own, the distillery selling the drink said.

The company already sells about 90,000 mint juleps at the Derby each year but hopes what’s being dubbed the “ultimate” mint julep will catch on. Those who buy the $1,000 cocktail will get to watch Morris and others make it.

“People want a memory,” said Wayne Rose, Woodford Reserve’s brand director. “This is something they can take home and share with friends.”

Mint juleps have been synonymous with the Kentucky Derby for decades. They are often served in silver or pewter cups and are meant to be sipped and savored.

The new 24-karat gold cup promotion fits in with the high-class atmosphere, said Gary Regan, a spirit and cocktail expert who’s been to the Derby twice.

“I think there will be enough people with enough money at the Kentucky Derby that will go for that sort of thing,” said Regan, author of “The Joy of Mixology.”

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