Nearly everybody is aware of the mint julep is what you drink to look at the Kentucky Derby, however on Saturday, the drink to have in your hand whilst you watch the Preakness Stakes is the Black Eyed Susan.
Whereas the mint julep has been round for hundreds of years – it formally grew to become the drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938 – the Black Eyed Susan boasts a decidedly extra fashionable historical past, says Tiffani Steer, vice chairman of communications for the Stronach Group , which owns the Preakness Stakes.
“The Black Eyed Susan was first developed in 1973,” Steer says. “Harry Stevens, of Harry Stevens and Firm, was a longtime caterer at Pimlico, and he and his workers determined to offer the Preakness a signature cocktail. They set out on a mission to develop a cocktail that mimicked the coloring of the Maryland state flower.”
Simply because the crab cake was related to the Preakness Stakes, race followers wanted a cocktail. “They actually needed to ship a cocktail that may be synonymous with the Preakness, to ship one thing that may add to the celebration just like the crab muffins,” Steer says.
To get the fitting shade of yellow-orange, orange juice and bitter combine are mixed with bourbon, vodka and peach schnapps. The official recipe for the Black Eyed Susan served on the Preakness Stakes is: 1 half (or 1 oz.) Makers Mark bourbon, 1 half (1 oz.) DeKuyper Peachtree schnapps, 1 half (1 oz.) Effen vodka, 2 elements (2 oz.) recent orange juice, and a couple of elements (2 oz.) bitter combine (equal elements lemon juice and easy syrup), shaken over ice till chilled, then strained right into a glass full of crushed ice and topped with a garnish of an orange slice and a cherry. With three ounces of booze, this candy cocktail packs a little bit of a punch.
“We suggest serving it in a Preakness commemorative glass or a highball glass,” Steer says. “I’ve seen bartenders make it with tequila as an alternative of bourbon, and I’ve seen individuals ask for much less orange juice or to be topped with soda. Very similar to the Preakness itself, it’s not fussy,” she says.
This yr marks the 145th Preakness Stakes, and final yr, on the 144th, 140,000 Black Eyed Susan cocktails have been served on the occasion. “It’s change into synonymous with the occasion,” she says. “Individuals get their cocktail after which take a selfie with it.”
There have been greater than 130,000 individuals who attended the race final yr, however this yr, attributable to COVID-19, there will probably be lower than 250 individuals – and that features simply the horses, the house owners and the trainers, in addition to the important race personnel and a skeleton crew from NBC, which will probably be broadcasting the occasion dwell on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to six p.m. EST. “This yr, I don’t suppose 140,000 cocktails will probably be consumed,” Steer says. “No less than, I hope not.”
Steer recommends having fun with a Black Eyed Susan whereas having fun with the race and the leisure, but in addition to sip the cocktail whereas taking within the jockey cam, which will probably be shared on social media on the Preakness Stakes Fb and Instagram accounts. “It’s a simple drink which you can combine from residence, and also you don’t should be a grasp mixologist to make it,” she says.
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