A drink for the Preakness Stakes, the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is so named for the Maryland-shaped blanket of yellow flowers that is draped around the winner’s neck. Vodka and elderflower liqueur join pineapple, orange and lime juices for a sunny drink worthy of race-watching.
Tomorrow marks the second leg of the Triple Crown — the Preakness Stakes.
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.
For the Kentucky Derby, 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 also shared my recipe for the Belmont Jewel, for the Belmont Stakes.
It’s a ruby-red cocktail that’s perfect for horse-race sipping.
And that brings us back to the Preakness’s Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail.
There are so many cocktails to celebrate horse-racing out there! Way more than just a julep.
I really love the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail for its bright, citrus flavors. It’s totally refreshing and perfect all summer long.
Like winners of horse-race betting, I’m glad I gave this one 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
- 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.
Adapted from the official 2014 recipe on the Preakness website
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g