Day: May 7, 2016

julepIt’s the drink that prompted Ernest Hemingway to throw his glass against a wall. Even Teddy Roosevelt had a recipe of his own, according to Town & Country’s history of the Derby favorite.

To be sure, there are lots of variations on the traditional recipe. The Ralph Lauren-owned Polo Bar’s version is made with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, muddled with strawberries and served in a glass etched with the clothing designer’s signature Polo pony motif, says Vanity Fair.

At Churchill Downs, nearly 120,000 juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend, according to the official Kentucky Derby site. Today, Derby Day, juleps are all across Twitter.

In hot-ticket Derby parties (and real estate), it’s all about location, location, location

Real estate kingpin Ryan Serhant, one of the stars of Bravo channel’s “Million Dollar Listing New York,” hit the black carpet (yes: black) last night at the invitation-only Vanity Fair Derby party at 21C Museum Hotel. The event drew 350 people, says WLKY.

 

Of course, the hosts were there, too: fashionably-dressed hotel co-founders Steve Wilson (second from left), and Laura Lee Brown (second from right) . . .

 

. . . And Huffington Post editorial chief Howard Fineman had a birds-eye view:

Related: Vanity Fair recalls Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson‘s famously blurry-eyed account of his 1970 Derby tour. And The Courier-Journal has photos from that other Derby Eve party.