What do the films “Gone with the Wind” and “James Bond – Goldfinger” have in common? Well, first of all both are called timeless classics. Now you might ask yourself what these film epics are doing in a barrel blog. I will gladly answer this question and what a famous horse race has to do with it in the following lines.
Now, before I come to the horses, first the films. In both, the drink of choice is a “Mint Julep”. One could perhaps call this one a cocktail. But to be honest, I find that a little difficult to do. The Mint Julep existed long before the word cocktail for mixed drinks first appeared.
So what did Scarlet O’Hara and James Bond drink in their upper-class society?
The recipe is as simple as it is delicious: Bourbon, mint, ice, sugar and a little water. Mixed in the right proportion, this drink provides refreshment and variety on the drinks menu.
A highball glass/julep cup and a bar spoon.
6 cl Bourbon / Rye Whiskey
2 cl mint syrup
1 – 2 sprigs of mint leaves
Fill the highball glass or julep cup about one third full with crushed ice. Add the Whiskey and mint syrup and stir vigorously with a bar spoon for about 5 seconds. Top up with crushed ice and form ice mounds on top of the drink. Finally, decorate with mint sprigs.
As speaking of upper-class and stylish drinking. Doesn’t the scenery of a horse race quickly come to mind? Women with (ridiculously) big hats, men with moustaches smoking cigars… These are the stereotypes you (and I) think of.
And a decently mixed drink is also part of it. A decent mint julep!
That’s what the Woodford distillery in Versailles, Kentucky thought. And that’s how they have been creating a whisky every year for the Kentucky Derby horse race for 146 years now.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby
The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby is not only attractive for collectors, but also for connoisseurs. The aroma is soft and creamy with distinct honey, roasted oak and vanilla, slightly spicy – in the background notes of leather, cocoa and butterscotch are evident.
The taste is full-bodied – very creamy with a pleasant mouthfeel, again there is a pleasant spiciness, joined by notes of almonds, ginger and roasted coffee beans. One tastes some oak and a lot of rye.
Almost too good to mix. But only almost! Especially in combination with the other ingredients this bourbon is the ideal basis for the Contemporary Classic, as the Bartender Association calls the Mint Julep.
And so the circle is complete. You see how well film classics, horses and bourbon go together.
To put it in the words of Sean Connory as James Bond
"Mint Julep? My home drink, very tasty."