While the Kentucky Derby has always had its Mint Julep and the Preakness has the Black-Eyed Susan (recipe has changed, but the name had remained the same), the Belmont Stakes’ official drink – name and ingredients – has changed three times over the last 11 years.
In 2012, the official drink changed to what it is currently – the Belmont Jewel. Made with bourbon shaken with pomegranate and lemonade and garnished with maraschino cherry or lemon twist, the newest drink is not only easier to make than the former concoctions, but the ingredients are fresh and perfect for this glorious spring day at the races.
Up until 1997, the White Carination – a splash of cream mixed with vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice – was the official Belmont Stakes drink. It was replaced in 1998 by the Belmont Breeze, coined by the head bartender at Manhattan’s Rainbow Room, Dale DeGroff.
– 1.5oz Bourbon Whiskey
– 2oz Lemonade
– 1oz Pomegranate Juice
– Lemon Wedge & Maraschino Cherry for Garnish
– Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
– Shake vigorously.
– Strain over ice into a double old-fashioned glass.
– Garnish with a lemon wedge or cherry.