The $1,000 Mint Julep is back for the Kentucky Derby. Every year nearly 120,000 of them are served during the two-day event at the Churchill Down Racetrack.
The official menu for the 145th Kentucky Derby was announced by Churchill Downs. The exotic spread, created by the executive chef David Danielson, features pimento cheese dip and bourbon citrus salmon. But while the menu draws so much of attention, the historic Churchill Downs is also known for serving a limited number of whopping $1,000 mint julep created by Woodford Reserve for the last 14 years.
Each year the menu is different, but what is constant is the traditional mint julep. Though its recipe is pretty simple, but what makes it so expensive is the way they are served. The cocktail is served in special collectible cups – cups with diamonds, emeralds, rubies. This time it is cups in silver and gold!
The year 2019 marks 145th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, and to celebrate it Woodford Reserve launched $1,000 and $2,500 Mint Julep cup sale featuring 145 cups only – 125 silver plated and 20 gold. Each cup is presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by jockeys designed by Bourbon Cousins in Cincinnati.
Although the cup sale is over by now, but if still interested, a limited quantity will be available for sale at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. And if you happened to miss all the chances of grabbing one of the cups, you don’t have to worry at all. Because your favourite mint julep will still be available, but this time at an affordable price at Downs over Derby weekend.
Woodford Reserve pays tribute to 145 years of historic Churchill Down not only through these collectible cups, but also with a unique twist in the recipe of Mint Julep. The Kentucky honey which is the sweetener for the classic Derby cocktail has been rested for 145 days inside an oak barrel at Churchill Downs.
So, just sip with a straw, and enjoy the refreshing mint julep.