At my first Derby in 1997, I tried a mint julep and was quickly hooked. 1 part sugar-water, 2 parts bourbon, poured over crushed ice with a giant fresh mint sprig, it is pure magic. It was $5 and you got to keep the cool glass which has the logo of that year's Derby on the front and lists the winner of every derby on the back. Since then they have gone up to $6, $7, and last year up to $8, which I thought was kind of pricey, but they taste great, they're fun to collect, and it's Derby Day after all, so what the hell?
This year's Derby Julep glass
This year as I sip on my sure-to-be-now $9 Juleps, I will laugh at all of the wankers who lay down $1000 for a mint julep. I can't slam it completely because they are donating the money to a good cause, which hopefully will help prevent former champion horses being sold to Asian slaughterhouses, but a cool grand for a drink that is 75% ice is just silly. The funny thing is that people with way too much money will buy these things, so that everyone within eyeshot will know how rich (and foolish with their money) they are.
This year's Derby Julep glass for Mark Cuban
If they really want to impress their uber-wealthy friends, they should fly first class to London just to order the recently launched "World's Most Expensive Sandwich" for 85 pounds (approx. $157).
$157? Can I make it a combo for $158.95?