Unfortunately, the Preakness is somewhat the ugly step-sister of the Triple Crown races- its in the middle, doesn’t have the tradition of the Kentucky Derby, and doesn’t have the million eyes on it if there is a possible Triple Crown winner like New York’s Belmont Stakes does. However, Maryland does have one thing going for it- they know how to drink. The only state whose college students routinely top Wisconsin college students in binge drinking, Maryland has the liver for the Preakness to live up to. Hence, the Preakness offers the Black-Eyed Susan.
We don’t pour vodka-based tipples much in the Lounge, so we thought the Black-Eyed Susan would be a fun spring drink to try. We happened to have all the ingredients on hand (as will many of you) except the orange garnish, so we put it together and liked it a lot. This week is allegedly going to be warm, so give the Susan a shot. Here’s the recipe:
Classic Pour Series
1 1/2 ounces vodka (The Preakness uses Finlandia)
1/2 ounce St. Germain
2 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounce orange juice
1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
Shake all ingredients on ice. Strain into an iced juice glass or double the recipe and strain into an iced highball glass (like we did). Garnish with an orange slice.