I grew up in Kentucky, so of course I have never been to the Kentucky Derby

It’s like how people who live in New York have never been to the Statue of Liberty.

Still, I found this article interesting.

As if custom-made hats, premium box seats and limo rides weren’t enough, the Kentucky Derby will now feature the $1,000 mint julep.

Sip this drink slowly.

The sweet cocktail will be made with one of the state’s finest bourbons and served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw to the first 50 people willing to put down the cash at the May 6 race.

Mint from Morocco, ice from the Arctic Circle and sugar from the South Pacific will put this mint julep in a class of its own, the distillery selling the drink said.

“We thought we would reflect on and complement the international nature of the Kentucky Derby,” said Chris Morris, master distiller for Woodford Reserve. The distillery, owned by Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., will sell the drink only on race day to raise money for a charity for retired race horses.

I don’t drink, but my first reaction to this was “I want one!”

I am such a tourist/snob/rich person-wannabe. “It’s expensive, so obviously it must be awesome and therefore I must have it.” ;>