Black-Eyed Susan Cocktails for the Preakness Stakes

14 May , 2018 Cocktails

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktails for the Preakness Stakes

Run the third Saturday of May each year, the Preakness Stakes marks the midpoint of the three race Triple Crown. Held just outside of Baltimore, MD at Pimlico Downs, this Saturday will mark the 145th annual “Run of the Black-Eyed Susans”, so called for the iconic blanket of Black-Eyed Susans the winning horse is draped in.

As the weekend approaches there are 2 big questions on everybody’s lips… First, who’s gonna win the big race? Second, what cocktail should I serve at the viewing party? Well, I can at least help you with that second one. The only possible answer would be the ‘Black-Eyed Susan,’ official cocktail of the Preakness. Although ‘official’ might be a bit of a stretch…

First created in 1973 to mark the centennial of the Preakness, the ‘official’ Black-Eyed Susan has gone through so many variations over the years, it’s impossible to put your finger on one definitive recipe. Spotted in variations of this cocktail have been elderflower liqueur, peach schnapps, sour mix, brandy, even creme de menthe!! The general consensus however includes vodka, rum, orange juice and pineapple juice, so I figured I’d just come up with my own version. *Note that I’ve added rye whiskey, an ingredient you’d find traditionally in Maryland.



Rye whiskey, Vodka, Rum



2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz orange juice

1 oz Rye Whiskey

1 oz Vodka

1 oz Light Rum

½ oz Orange Liqueur

Squeeze of lime wedge

Crushed ice



Add first 6 ingredients into a mixing glass and stir to combine. Fill serving glass with crushed ice and pour cocktail over ice. Squeeze juice of lime wedge into glass, and garnish with fresh orange wheel and cherry.    *For a real kick, float ½ oz of black rum on top!


Did you try it out for yourself? Let us know what you thought!!

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