Belmont Jewel

Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
137 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
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 and refreshing. 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 Belmont Jewel recipe above was published in 2011, although different premium bourbons are recommended as marketing and sponsorship changes. Feel free to make this recipe with any 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 43.2 percent ABV bourbon, the cocktail mixes up to about 13 percent ABV (26 proof). When you pour a stronger 50 percent ABV bourbon, the drink is around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). Either way, the Belmont jewel is similar to a glass of wine.