The Preakness Stakes—the second horse race in the America's Triple Crown race—is just around the corner and that means it's time for Black-Eyed Susans! This riff on the classic Black-Eyed Susan uses my favorite bourbon instead of rum. The Black-Eyed Susan cocktail is named after the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes the winning horse at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland, a long-standing tradition of the race. The Black-Eyed Susan was declared the Maryland State flower in 1918 and the official Preakness flower in 1940.
Thanks to Maker's Mark for sending me my favorite bourbon to make this recipe. This post contains affiliate links, meaning that when you click on a link that we recommend, we may receive a teeny weeny commission if you purchase a product. We wouldn’t be doing our job to pay the bills if we didn’t monetize somehow!
- 3/4 part Orange Juice
- 1/2 part Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Maker's Mark
- 1/2 oz. Orange Curacao
- Cocktail shaker
- Maraschino cherry (optional)
- Lime (optional)
- Rocks glass
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour over crushed iced in a rocks glass and serve. Garnish with a cherry and lime slice (optional).
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