Virtuoso Life - March/April 2009 - 102
WANDERLUST dInInG, drInKInG, and lIvInG well Global Gourmet 106 well traveled 114 Great outdoorS 125 CruISe Call 130 TASTING NOTES Derby Drink Stir up a Kentucky classic with these American bourbons. bY anthonY dIaS blue E vEry grEat sporting EvEnt has its drink. at WimblE- hits Fort Worth. 102 VIRTUOSO LIFE Envision/Corbis Purists prefer their mint juleps in a silver or pewter cup. don it’s a Pimm’s Cup. Race buffs quaff the best Champagne at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while World Series fans prefer cold American brews. Likewise, it’s hard to imagine the Kentucky Derby without the mint julep. Some years ago I got a special invitation to attend the derby, held every year on the first Saturday in May. My host was Bill Samuels Jr., president of Maker’s Mark Distillery, a National Historic Landmark in Loretto, about an hour south of Louisville. Three days of parties preceding race day helped me develop an intimate familiarity with the mint julep. The key element to Samuels’ julep is rolling the mint leaves in a damp cotton cloth that is gently twisted to yield Dolled up: Kara Walker This their liquid essence.