The $1,000 Mint Julep

from Town and Country The Official beverage of the Kentucky Derby will be served up in some very pricey pewter cups this year. But there's a great charity profiting from these tasty libations. It turns out that limited edition, jeweled cups are what jacks the cost up. Woodford Reserve started the program 13 years ago, they have raised over $450,000 for charity.  The cups are sold online but have to be picked up at Churchill Downs on Derby Day This year, the effort raises money for the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which the Kentucky-born actress founded in 2016 to help provide access to the arts for children in the Greater Louisville area.

So, since you and I won't be there, here's the official recipe for the official drink of the 144th Kentucky Derby:

Take one mint leave and rub it on the inside of the julep cup to express the essential oils. Add the bourbon and simple syrup and top off with crushed ice made from limestone-filtered water sourced directly from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to blend the ingredients.

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