These articles are going to be a little less serious, so kick back and relax while we give you less of something to contemplate and more of something to enjoy…
To start us off right and in honor of the Triple Crown going on, we bring to you the Triple Crown Cocktails.
The Mint Julep – The Kentucky Derby
Probably the most well-known of the cocktails is the Mint Julep, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Roughly 120,000 of these bourbon-based drinks are served every year at the Churchill Downs Racetrack. This race may already be over but I will still drink to Nyquist’s health and wish him luck on his journey to the Triple Crown!
2 oz. Bourbon
12 oz. Metal Cup (Silver or Pewter is traditional)
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Finely Crushed or Shaved Ice
Place 15 – 20 mint leaves in a dry, pre-chilled metal cup. Lightly muddle the leaves. We recommend a stainless steel/nylon muddler over the wood version because the wood can hold flavors from previous drinks. Add the bourbon and simple syrup and mix well. Fill the cup with crushed ice rounding the top to resemble a snow cone. Select several fresh mint sprigs & garnish
It can be made with any bourbon, but we recommend Woodford Reserve. When in Kentucky, do as the Kentuckians do.
The Black-Eyed Susan – The Preakness Stakes
Also known as “The Run of the Black-Eyed Susans,” round two of the Triple Crown is The Preakness Stakes. Taking place at Pimlico Downs, the race gets its nickname from the blanket of yellow flowers the winner is draped in. These flowers, the state flower of Maryland, are called Black-eyed Susans. And from that, I think you can guess the inspiration for the drink’s name.
1 ½ oz. Finlandia Vodka
½ oz. St. Germain
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
¼ Lime Juice
¾ oz. Orange Juice
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir to combine. Fill a Collins glass with crushed ice and pour cocktail over ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange wheel.
The Belmont Breeze – The Belmont Stakes
The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, takes place in Belmont Park. It’s hard to say what the race’s “official” drink is when it has changed so many times, the most recent being in 2012 when the drink switched from the Belmont Breeze to the Belmont Jewel. It’s thought that due to the Breeze’s many ingredients it was just too complicated to quickly serve thousands of people. So the Jewel, only needing 3 ingredients, has become Belmont’s most recent official cocktail. However, we’re assuming you’re not serving thousands of people, so enjoy the slightly ingredient intensive, but well worth, Belmont Breeze.
The Belmont Breeze
1 ½ oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 ½ oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. 7-Up
1 oz. Club Soda
Add all ingredients, except the 7-Up and club soda, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain, over ice, into a chilled cocktail glass, top with 7-Up and club soda, and garnish with fresh mint sprig and lemon wedge.