Photos by Pamela O’Meara
September is National Bourbon Month; Follow the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville
Louisville, Ky, gives visitors like me a chance to visit some of the best bourbon bars in the world to taste the drink in various forms — straight, with champagne, in a mint julep. My tour included a mint julep (bourbon with minty simple syrup and mint sprig over ice) at the Brown Hotel, which in 1926 became the home of the Hot Brown sandwich which is composed of bread, fried green tomatoes, turkey, cheese, bacon and morney sauce. Hundreds of hungry flappers enjoyed them after dancing half the night away, and I had a sample.
Bucks Restaurant and Bar, set among Victorian mansions, was filled with vases of white flowers and glittering candles against a dark green background. We sampled 12-year-old bourbon and a meringue dessert while listening to a young woman play a piano.
For more information go to http://www.bourboncountry.com/things-to-do/urban-bourbon-trail/index.aspx.