Tomorrow marks the second leg of the Triple Crown — the Preakness Stakes. A couple weeks ago, I shared a recipe for the Basil Julep, my twist on the Kentucky Derby’s famous mint julep. I wondered if there is an official cocktail for the other two races. Turns out my hunch was correct. The official drink of the Preakness, which take place tomorrow in Baltimore, is the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. (I’ll be making the Belmont Stakes cocktail in a few weeks, so stay tuned!)
First concocted for the race in 1973, the Black-Eyed Susan is so named for the Maryland-shaped blanket of yellow flowers that is draped around the winner’s neck. The drink is golden-colored to match, with orange, lime and pineapple juices as the primary mixers and spiked with vodka and elderflower liqueur. Add a little ice and an orange wedge for garnish, and voila!
The Baltimore Sun explains the storied history of the Black-Eyed Susan, a recipe that seems to change slightly year after year. I’m glad I gave it a chance, though, as it’s another cocktail companion for horse racing season. It would be a fine refreshing beverage for a sizzling summer day, too. // susannah
Click below to see the recipe for the Black-Eyed Susan drink!
BLACK-EYED SUSAN COCKTAIL
Adapted from the official, current recipe on the Preakness website
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 3/4 ounces orange juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (from half a lime)
- Orange slice or lime wedge, for garnish
- Fill a highball or pint glass with ice.Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
- Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with an orange slice or a lime wedge. Serve.