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.
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.
Preakness Stakes Cocktail
Turns out my hunch was correct. The official drink of the Preakness, which take place tomorrow in Baltimore, is the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail.
First concocted for the race in 1973, the Black-Eyed Susan drink is so named for the Maryland-shaped blanket of yellow flowers that is draped around the winner’s neck.
(I’ll be making the Belmont Stakes cocktail in a few weeks, so stay tuned!)
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail Recipe
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.
Triple Crown Cocktails
For the Kentucky Derby, I shared recipes for the “official” drinks of each race. There are so many derby cocktails you can make!
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.
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
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail
A sunny, citrus cocktail for the Preakness Stakes horse race.
- 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
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