Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail

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. 

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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, and 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!)

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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.

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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.

I LOVE juleps (I even named one of my cats Julep!) and also recommend this Blackberry Mint Julep, this Honey Whiskey Mint Julep and this Chocolate Mint Julep

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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.

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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. 

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. (via feastandwest.com)

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

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. (via feastandwest.com)
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. (via feastandwest.com)

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A sunny, citrus cocktail for the Preakness Stakes horse race.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball or pint glass with ice.Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with an orange slice or a lime wedge. Serve.

Notes

Adapted from the official 2014 recipe on the Preakness website

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

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

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #feastandwestrecipes!

The Golden Ratio Guide:

Mix the perfect cocktail, every time

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. Carla says

    This looks awesome! I’m meeting my BF’s family next week and I wanted to mix everyone cocktails, but it also needs an easy non-alcoholic version. I’m going to make this,and the non-alcoholic version will be all the juice + 2oz elderflower tonic water. Hope they like it!

    • Susannah says

      Hey Carla! So glad you are trying this for such a momentous occasion. I hope it goes great! What a perfect cocktail to try, too. I think your non-alcoholic version sounds like it could be a hit. You could also try using zero proof alcohol in lieu of the vodka to see if that gives it a boost!

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!