Think that pour of Pappy expensive? How about a $1000 cocktail? Or one for $2500? Woodford Reserve are offering some very pricey beverages at this year’s Kentucky Derby. (Airfare, accommodations, and admission to the race not included.) But, don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause.
“Woodford Reserve is honored to bring together two of Kentucky’s greatest traditions — Derby and bourbon — through our $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Mark Bacon, Woodford Reserve Global Brand Director. “A premium celebration like The Kentucky Derby deserves a premium cocktail.”
So, what makes the cocktails so expensive? Well, it’s actually not the drink. The real prize is the fancy julep cup. And, to be fair the price tag is really a donation to this year’s featured charity, Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund.
“The $1,000 “Bluegrass Cup” features high polished sterling silver rose applications, plated in 18 karat yellow gold,” explained a release from the distiller. “The $2,500 “Commonwealth Cup” is a sterling silver cup with a 24-karat heavy reliquary quality gold plating, with a striking contrast of sterling silver detail.” There are lots of decorations on the pieces that include an homage to limestone water, a thoroughbred horse and jockey, a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and a rose.
The Julep, itself, is pretty standard. The specs were put together by Woodford Reserve’s new Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall, and Master Distiller, Chris Morris. Featuring local Kentucky products, the recipe calls for sorgum simple syrup, Kentucky Colonel mint, locally sourced limestone water ice, and of course Woodford Reserve.
The garnish game is pretty serious for this preparation. The standard mint sprigs are there, employing locally sourced Kentucky herbs. Then, there are three sprays of red roses. For nostalgia’s sake, a single rose pedal from the famed Garland of Roses awarded to the winner of the Derby.
Also, you get a really cool wooden box lined with jockey’s silks to store the cup in.
Jennifer Lawrence is a Louisville native. Her charity’s mission is to “assist and empower organizations that fulfill children’s needs and drives art access to positively impact the lives of young people.”