It’s almost Preakness time. The second leg of the Triple Crown will see whether Bob Baffert, Victor Espinoza, and American Pharoah can win again.
Many think of the Black-Eyed Susan as the drink of Mid-May in Baltimore, but the Preakness Cocktail is the original drink.
“Prior to the Black-Eyed Susan’s introduction as the official drink of the second jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, Maryland racing fans sang the praises of another cocktail: the Preakness.”
The Preakness Cocktail
Thanks to our friends at A History Of Drinking for this recipe. Also make sure to check out their new book, Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History Of Drinking In The Free State.
The following recipe is a simplified version but still very similar to traditional recipe recorded in most cocktail books. By all accounts, it’s simply a Manhattan variant-
Recipe adapted from David Wondrich
2 ounces straight rye whiskey
1 ounce Martini & Rossi red vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters (though some early versions substitute
1⁄2 teaspoon Bénédictine
Stir with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.
Of course the official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the daytime style drink, the The Black-Eyed Susan:
The Black-Eyed Susan
1 1/4 ounces Early Times Kentucky Whiskey
3/4 ounce Vodka
3 ounces sweet and sour mix
2 ounces orange juice
Orange slice and cherry for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain over ice into a collins glass.
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.