Belmont Jewel

Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
137 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Horse racing and bourbon cocktails go hand-in-hand, and each Triple Crown race has its own special drink. This Belmont jewel recipe is the official drink for the Belmont Stakes, though it hasn't always been the cocktail of choice for the June race.

The drink is simple, refreshing, and features the smooth taste of Woodford Reserve. The mix of bourbon, lemonade, and pomegranate juice is perfect for any occasion, particularly summer parties. It's also an easy recipe to transform into a punch and serve by the pitcher to a thirsty crowd.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the ingredients.

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe
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  3. Shake vigorously.

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe
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  4. Strain over fresh ice into a double old-fashioned glass.

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe
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  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge, orange zest, or cherry.

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

The Many Cocktails of the Belmont Stakes

Among the Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby is the only one to stick with a single drink over the years. The mint julep has remained the drink to have while watching the Derby. There is also a new "official" julep recipe released every year that often includes additional flavors, and they're quite impressive.

That's not the case for the other two races. The official cocktails change regularly, and, oddly enough, they frequently keep the same name. It has happened with the black-eyed Susan and the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes' drinks are no different.

For many years, the white carnation was the Belmont drink of choice. In 1998, Dale DeGroff created the Belmont breeze for the race, and it's a fabulously complex drink. The Woodford Reserve Belmont Jewel recipe above was published in 2011. Though the recipe remained the same, in 2015 the bourbon switched to Knob Creek (a Jim Beam brand), and Woodford Reserve returned in 2017.

All of this is simply a marketing and sponsorship game that is typical in professional sports. It's also likely to change again in the future.

That said, Woodford Reserve and Knob Creek both make a great Belmont jewel, though they are two completely different bourbons. Knob Creek provides a strong bourbon background, while Woodford Reserve offers a softer and more subtle whiskey flavor. Try them both or any other bourbon you like. You really can't go wrong with this drink!

How Strong Is the Belmont Jewel?

The strength of the Belmont jewel is going to depend on the bourbon you pour. The difference is minimal though the comparison is interesting. For instance, with Woodford Reserve (43.2 percent ABV), the cocktail mixes up to about 13 percent ABV (26 proof). When you pour the stronger Knob Creek (50 percent ABV), the drink is around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). Either way, the Belmon jewel is similar to a glass of wine.