Preakness has their own official drink

We all know — or everyone should know — the official drink of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. It’s not too difficult to concoct. A little bourbon, some mint, simple syrup. If you want to cut some corners, just drink the bourbon.

For the Preakness, you’ll have to do a little more work to create The Black-Eyed Susan. The Kentucky Derby has roses, the Preakness has Black-Eyed Susans.

There is not much corner cutting. The folks at Brown-Forman are touting their official cocktail of the Preakness.

Here is the recipe they sent along:

The Black-Eyed Susan
Official Cocktail of the Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and marks the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Black-Eyed Susan serves as the Official Drink of the Preakness and Early Times Kentucky Whisky is a key ingredient to this signature cocktail.

1 ¼ ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
¾ ounces vodka
3 ounces sweet and sour mix
2 ounces orange juice
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Enjoy responsibly. Which horse are you going with?


About Kim Kolarik

Exploring bourbon one sip at a time and sharing the experience.© Contact me at I've followed the original bourbon trail from my native Pennsylvania, where the whiskey rebellion erupted to Louisville, Kentucky, my current home. Bourbon is now in a revolution of expansion. I'll be bringing you news, information and tasting notes of bourbon from Kentucky and the emerging craft distillers from around the United States. I am photographer, designer and editor. --Kim D. Kolarik
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