|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 serving|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 109g||40%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Each of the Triple Crown races has its own official drink. The Kentucky Derby, of course, is always accompanied by a classic Mint Julep, and the official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the Black-Eyed Susan. While the name of the drink doesn't change from year to year, there have been a few "official" recipes over the years. Vodka and orange juice are always the focus, and sometimes we see a little whiskey or rum tossed into the mix. One thing's for sure, it's always a great drink to enjoy while watching the race.
The 2017 Black-Eyed Susan cocktail features Effen Vodka and Makers Mark Bourbon with a little Peachtree, orange juice, and sour mix. It's a very nice fruit drink and should be an excellent cocktail for the Preakness or any day of the year.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Garnish with an orange and cherry.
- This recipe is measured in parts and it's very easy to adapt it to fit any glass size. For instance, to create a 7-ounce cocktail, pour 1 ounce of each liquor and 2 ounces each of the juice and sour mix.
- This pour should be the perfect amount for a single drink, though you can make it taller or shorter if you like. Just make sure to keep the ingredients in proportion to retain the balance of flavors.
- There are many variations of the Black-Eyed Susan. The original cocktail called for 1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce rum, 3/4 ounce cointreau, 1 1/2 ounces orange juice, and 1 1/2 ounces of pineapple juice.
- Garnish with an orange wheel, pineapple cube, and cherry.
Why So Many Black-Eyed Susans?
The drinks of the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness have changed quite a few times over the years, in part due to changes in the official sponsors of the races. And yet, the Mint Julep is so ingrained in the Kentucky Derby that it will never go away. However, there is a new "official Mint Julep recipe" released each year with a few minor tweaks that are always fun to revisit.
The Preakness regularly changes the "official cocktail," though the name stays the same. It's entirely possible that the Black-Eyed Susan recipe will continue to change each year.