Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail

This Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is the official drink of the Preakness. There’s no need to stop celebrating after the Kentucky Derby – cheers with this bright and citrusy cocktail.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

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.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

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.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

How to Make a Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail:

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.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

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.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

Now, let’s shake up this cocktail.

Black-Eyed Susan – Official Preakness Cocktail

Looking for more refreshing cocktail recipes? Try these:

Looks delicious and refreshing, doesn’t it? Cheers!

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail |

With that, I’m wrapping up another week of fun here on IBC.

Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail, cocktail, Kentucky Derby, Preakness
Servings: 2
Prep Time 6 mins
Total Time 6 mins
This Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is the official drink of the Preakness. There’s no need to stop celebrating after the Kentucky Derby – cheers with this bright and citrusy cocktail.


  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons St. Germain
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • Ice
  • 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.


You can find the tutorial for the horse drink stirrers I used HERE

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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  • Liz at

    Delicious! And those stirrers are SO cute!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Liz!

      xo Michael

  • Ivory at

    Yum, yummy, my tummy likeie.

  • Beverly Lafrance at

    You have me hooked on St. Germain, as well! My fav is the pear martini. Thank you!

  • Amanda at

    Looks great! But the recipe is for Purple Canbage Coleslaw! ???

    • Amanda at

      Oops! CABBAGE…not whatever that other word is!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      HAHAHA! Oh dear. Just when you think you’re getting a delicious cocktail, you get coleslaw. My bad. That’s what I get for publishing a post before I’ve had my coffee.

      Thanks for letting me know, the recipe has been adjusted. 🙂

      xo Michael

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