Hotel du Vin is pulling out all the stops to capitalise on the lucrative Cheltenham Festival, by offering two special drinks experiences to celebrate one of the horse racing world’s most anticipated events.
The property, which is home to 49 bedrooms and a bistro, is promoting a £99 gold-flecked cocktail and a £2,700 imperial bottle of vintage Bordeaux to entice the hordes of visitors who descend on the town in March.
The £99 Golden Miller’s six cocktail has been designed especially by the hotel’s head barman and pays homage to one of Cheltenham’s most famous horses, whilst the £2,700 Imperial-size (eight bottles) 1996 Leoville Las Cases is on offer for guests looking to splash out.
“A day at the races has become even more popular in recent years – a chance to rub shoulders with royalty and enjoy the thrill of the chase,” said Chris Thompson, general manager, Hotel du Vin Cheltenham.
“With Golden Miller’s 6 and 1996 Leoville Las Cases, we’re offering an incredible photo-finish to end your day, and we’re inviting the winning rider and trainer to join us for a drink after the race.”
Hotel du Vin’s head barman created the Golden Miller cocktail in honour of the most successful horse to ride the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with five consecutive wins from 1932-1936, Golden Miller.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup was abandoned in 1937 due to flooding thus preventing Golden Millers from a potential sixth consecutive win.
In recognition, the cocktail features the rare 1937 Delord Vintage Bas Armagnac, with only a few bottles having survived the war.
The complete cocktail is made up of Delord Vintage 1937 Bas Armagnac; Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao; hand-squeezed Egyptian orange juice; Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque and topped with a flake of genuine gold leaf.
Golden Miller’s 6 will be available at Hotel du Vin Cheltenham from March 12 to March 16.
Robert Parker of Wine Advocate describes the vintage as “a remarkable, seamless, palate-staining, and extraordinarily elegant wine”.