Woodford Reserve, the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 7th, is offering the world’s most exclusive and expensive mint julep for this year’s festivities in conjunction with Tiffany & Co, maker of trophies and jewelry associated with the Derby.
Continuing their tradition of exotic variations on the classic cocktail for the world’s most famous horse race, this year’s offering includes an ultra limited edition of three Prestige julep cups to be auctioned off with a starting price of $2,000 apiece.
The sterling silver cups feature a design around the base in 24 karat gold vermeil originally used by Tiffany & Co. on one of their horse racing trophies created by the famed jeweler in 1876. A limited run of 103 sterling silver cups without the special gold detailing are also available for $1,000 apiece. Proceeds from the cup sales will benefit equine charity The Heart of a Horse Foundation.
Purchasers of the special cups will enjoy a mint julep featuring a unique set of ingredients from around the globe: ice made of rainwater captured on the pristine island of Tasmania, Australia; rare chocolate mint grown in San Diego, California; bourbon smoked sugar from Louisville, KY combining the flavor of raw Demerara sugar and Woodford Reserve barrels; and a small batch of the Master Distiller’s personal selection of Woodford Reserve super-premium bourbon.
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes; do not stir. Pour over the 12 sprigs of mint in a heatproof bowl, gently crushing the mint with the back of a spoon. Chill, covered, for 8 to 10 hours. Strain, discarding the mint. You may store the syrup in the refrigerator for several weeks, preparing individual juleps as desired.
For each serving, fill a silver, copper, pewter or stoneware julep cup with broken or crushed ice. Add 2 tablespoons of the mint syrup and the bourbon and stir gently until the cup is frosted. Garnish with 1 sprig of mint.
Quiz Question and Answer:
On average, how many days will a half-empty bottle of wine last once it has been opened?
Once a bottle has been opened, it is best to consume the remainder within a day as the wine will start to oxidize. The use of canned nitrogen or a pump to remove air may extend the life for an additional day or two.
Courtesy of the World Wine Challenge from Trinchero Family Estates.