Tomorrow is the last race in the famed Triple Crown of horse racing. If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes in New York this weekend, then he’ll have won the entire trio. It hasn’t been done since the horse Affirmed did it in 1978, so it will be a big deal if this guy and his horse can pull it off.
For the last two races, I shared recipes for the official drinks of each race. First, in honor of the Kentucky Derby I shared the Basil Julep, a variation on the traditional mint julep. Then, I shared the cocktail for the Preakness Stakes, the Black-Eyed Susan. To round out the trifecta, today’s Friday Night Delight is the Belmont Jewel.
The Belmont Stakes has had a plethora of other cocktail recipes over the years, a stark departure from the Mint Julep’s fame at the Derby. A drink of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cream, called the White Carnation, was the official drink until 1998. Then, in 2012, the Belmont Breeze took the stage with its complicated combination of whiskey, sherry and a host of fruit juices. The Belmont Jewel seems both simpler and more unique in flavor than its predecessors — small batch whiskey, pomegranate juice and lemonade. I think it was a good move, as neither the White Carnation nor the Belmont Breeze strike my fancy.
All right, so this concludes my horse racing cocktail series. Which one was your favorite? The Kentucky Derby (mint or) Basil Julep, the Preakness Stakes Black-Eyed Susan or the Belmont Jewel? // susannah
Click below to see the Belmont Jewel Recipe!
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A cocktail fit to drink during the Belmont Stakes
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, vigorously shake together the bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice. Pour the cocktail into the ice-filled glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist.