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US$1,000 Cocktail At Kentucky Derby
Thursday Odd Spot: "As if custom-made hats, premium box seats & limo rides weren't enough, the Kentucky Derby will now feature the US$1,000 mint julep," reported bloodhorse.com. Mint juleps "have been synonymous with the Kentucky Derby for decades", but this cocktail "will be made with 1 of the state's finest bourbons & served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw to the 1st 50 people willing to put down the cash at the May 6 race. Mint from Morocco, ice from the Arctic Circle & sugar from the South Pacific will put this mint julep in a class of its own." Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris said his company "already sells about 90,000 mint juleps at the Derby each year", but "we thought we would reflect on & complement the international nature of the Kentucky Derby" by selling the special US$1,000 cocktail "only on race day & to raise money for a charity for retired race horses".