Friday, May 20, 2022


The Black-Eyed Susan cocktail got its name from the blanket of Black-Eyed Susan flowers that is draped over the winning horse at the Preakness Stakes. The 2000 flowers that make up the blanket are not Black-Eyed Susans but actually mums. Black-eyed Susans do not bloom until summer. This Maryland horse race is held the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore. There are several recipes for this cocktail but I think this is closer to the official drink. I tweaked it a bit by giving it another ounce of St-Germain (elderflower liqueur) and a little more lime juice. Some recipes call for vodka and bourbon, as well as a sour mix, but I think this is delicious and refreshing and you can actually taste the St-Germain.

1 cup (8 oz) vodka or bourbon
3 oz St Germain Liqueur (elderflower liqueur)
1 cup pineapple juice
2 oz lime juice
3 oz orange juice
8 orange wedges
4 Maraschino cherries, with stems

In a pitcher mix together the vodka or bourbon, St Germain, pineapple juice, lime juice, and orange juice. 

Fill four glasses three-quarters full with crushed ice
Divide mixture between the four glasses.
Put two orange wedges on a cocktail pick and top with a cherry.

Makes 4 drinks

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