As you may know, the Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. (You can get my Blackberry Mint Julep recipe here.) However, did you know that the Preakness (another race which takes place two weeks after the Kentucky Derby) also has an official drink? Well, it certainly does, and it’s called the Black-Eyed Susan.
In the spirit of the Derby, which is happening this weekend, I thought it would be fitting to show you how to make the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of bourbon. (Bourbon is the alcohol used in a Mint Julep.) I’m trying hard to love it, but it hasn’t stuck yet. So, for those of you like me, the Black Eyed Susan, could be a nice beverage to enjoy during the Derby so you don’t feel as guilty passing on the Mint Juleps.
After a bit of research, I found several variations of this cocktail online. It seems to have changed quite a bit over the years. Even the Preakness itself has changed the recipe. No matter how you make it though, it’s a bright and citrusy cocktail you’ll enjoy sip after sip.
All of you probably know how much I like St. Germain, so my variation includes it. With a combination of pineapple juice, freshly squeezed orange juice, and vodka, this is a refreshing cocktail that’s worth a shake.
Traditionally, a Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is garnished with a citrus wedge and a fresh cherry. I couldn’t find any fresh cherries in my locale, so I used my DIY Horse Cocktail Stirrers. I think they look perfect in any drink. You can learn how to make them here.
Now, let’s shake up this cocktail.
Makes two drinks
Here's what you will need:
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoons vodka
2 tablespoons St. Germain
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
Citrus slice to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled ice, combine all of the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into two cocktail glasses with ice. Garnish with a citrus slice.
Looks delicious and refreshing, doesn’t it? Cheers!
With that, I’m wrapping up another week of fun here on IBC. I’m actually skipping off to Louisville today to attend the Kentucky Derby, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll be there all weekend watching the race and trying my best to get a taste for bourbon and Mint Juleps. Be sure to follow along via Instagram and Snapchat (@ inspiredbycharm). May the best horse win. (Or the one with the cutest name. I could go either way.)