California Chrome: 7-4. Vicar’s in Trouble: 10-1. Noble Moon: 50-1. You Drinking Juleps on Saturday: 1-1.
One of those is not the name of a horse. On that note, take a peek at the finest julep offerings in town
Mint Julep Kelvin Slushy at Pork Slope
The Julep: Bourbon, mint, ice, but all blended together, achieving that perfect balance
between Churchill Downs–style refreshment and 7-Eleven. The Scene: The race on four flat-screens. Before and after: pulled pork in a neighborhood
bar that’s loosely themed on Road House. Do this for Swayze.
The Jumpin’ Julep at Rochelle’s
The Julep: Picture a completely normal julep. Now picture a bottle of pilsner being poured
into it in slow motion. The Scene: A notoriously rowdy LES situation. You’ll have a few of these, and then
there’s some kind of horse race, maybe? You won’t remember.
The Black Velvet at Maison Premiere
The Julep: A champagne-based number with an oyster-stout reduction. And if that doesn’t
strike your fancy, they’ve got five more juleps awaiting judgment. The Scene: Well-hatted folks competing for the title of best dressed (an actual award)
while a jazz band plays. You’re the Man o’ War of seersucker.
Lapsang Tea Julep at Sweetwater Social
The Julep: One that’s infused with Chinese black tea. Which you’ll choose to believe
makes it health-neutral. The Scene: A new subterranean cocktailery giving away a little something (probably more
juleps) for picking the trifecta. There’s also shufflepuck, for the several hours the race isn’t
The Mint Julep at Maysville
The Julep: An uncompromising, no-bullsh*t mint julep. The Scene: A rural-Kentucky-inspired bourbon bar and restaurant with giant horse paintings
on the wall. They’ll be broadcasting the race via old-school radio. Winner.