Bar Conversations

Episode 45: Party planning with Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler plus cocktails with Michael Toscano

We have three amazing folks joining us so you can plan the perfect Kentucky Derby Party (or Bourbon Tasting event). Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler talk about their book “Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon”, tips for throwing the perfect party, their careers and so much more. Woodford Reserve NYC Ambassador Michael Toscano hops on to talk about Mint Juleps, how to make a classic Julep, a new spin on the Julep and how he comes up with unique recipes.


Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler join us at the 1-minute mark. Peggy is the founder of the Bourbon Women Association, a master bourbon taster, president of Peggy Noe Stevens and Associates and a Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee. Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal, a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines., and has authored or coauthored eight books on bourbon. 

  • ONE TOUGH QUESTION: If you weren’t allowed to drink bourbon any more, what would be your go to drink?
  • How did you all come up with the idea for “Which Fork Do I Use with my Bourbon”?
  • Breaking down how to throw a tasting/party throughout, is that from doing these types of events for years now?
  • Variety of recipes for drinks and food too
  • Pairing foods and drinks and the importance of this
  • Throwing the Perfect Derby Party
  • Good tips on decor and more for a party
  • Peggy and her career
  • Susan and her career
  • What’s next for you all?
  • Where can folks find the book

Back with us for a second time is Michael Toscano, New York City Ambassador for Woodford Reserve, and he joins us at the 32-minute mark. 

  • What’s it like around this time of year for you?
  • Mint Julep history
  • Making a Classic Mint Julep
  • A fun spin on the Mint Julep this year 
  • How much fun is it coming up with recipes
  • Creating recipes for the Derby
  • The process to making a new cocktail recipe
  • What’s it like to be part of making a drink for the Derby?

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