Best Drinks to Have During the Preakness

Best Drinks to Have During the Preakness

Are we allowed to say “Get your Preak on!” for this? I’ll leave that to you and any friends who hate puns. Anyway, if horse racing is the sport of kings, then like royalty, enjoy your idle leisure with a good drink by your side. 

For those of you who aren't into horse racing, the Preakness Stakes is the second largest equestrian race event in the US, and it’s been going on for almost 150 years. So, brush up on what the length of a furlong is and other horse racing terms like grade while holding a drink that captures the majesty of this magnificent event. 

Black-Eyed Susan

Although it sounds like something you would see in an Alabama trailer park, the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail is almost the perfect drink for the Preakness. The winner gets a blanket of black-eyed Susan’s placed upon them, and it’s Maryland’s state flower. Plus, it’s easy to make and good. 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup orange juice 1
  • /2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 3 tablespoons light rum
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnishes: lime slices, fresh cherries

Directions

Stir the first five ingredients together. Fill a 12 oz. cup with crushed ice. Pour in the mix, and garnish.

The Palomino Martini

Palomino’s aren’t thoroughbreds, so they aren’t going to be in the Preakness, but they are notable as horses go. Roy Roger’s horse, Trigger, was a Palomino as was Mr. Ed. This cocktail makes it in by a nose.

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • 1 lime, wheel (to garnish)

Directions

Fill a shaker full of ice, then add the tequila and juice. Now shake it. Strain it into a martini glass. Add grenadine and garnish.

Whiskey Ginger Blossom

This is a variant of the regular ginger blossom cocktail. I suppose that the regular one would work well enough, but there is just something that feels right using whiskey in a drink for a horse race.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz of your Favorite Craft Whiskey
  • 2 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1⁄2 oz St. Germain
  • 1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
  • A Squeeze of Lime

Directions

Mix everything together and stir. 

The Baltimore Blossom

Baltimore is where the Preakness happens, so a cocktail named after the host city is fitting. 

Ingredients

  • 4 Raspberries
  • 5 Rolled Basil Leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka 1 1/2 oz.
  • Cranberry Juice
  • A Dash of Grapefruit Bitters

Directions

Muddle the raspberries and basil leaves in the bottom of the glass. Muddle means put them in the bottom of the glass, sprinkle them with sugar, and mash them until it looks like jam. Add the vodka, juice, and bitters. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a basil flower.

The Bitter Secretariat

This is the absolute perfect cocktail for the Preakness because it is named after the fastest horse ever to run the race. He ran the track in 1 minute, 53 seconds and change. An error made by one of the speed clockers had it marked as 1:55, but that was corrected in 2012.

Ingredients

  • 4 Torn Mint Leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz. Craft Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz Amaro
  • 2 oz Thomaso's
  • Sour Ginger Beer

Directions

Muddle the mint in the bottom of a glass. Add Amaro, bourbon, and sour mix. Stir and strain into a highball filled with crushed ice. And top it off with ginger beer.