Bluecoat Gin - Leaderboard
Dave and Busters - Header Gif

Cocktail Recipe: Toast "I'll Have Another" With A Belmont Breeze

Triple crown, here we come
Cocktail Recipe: Toast

The last time a horse won the Triple Crown was 1978, and the U.S. cocktail scene was in a sad state (a 7 and 7 was a fancy choice). With 2012 victories at the Kentucky Derby and now the Preakness, thoroughbred I’ll Have Another is on track to break the drought and win the crown this year. Happily, there is now an official, well-crafted drink with which to toast this appropriately named champion.

The Derby has the simple but classic Mint Julep and the Preakness has the more complex Black-Eyed Susan (depending on who you ask, a mix of vodka, bourbon, rum, lime, orange juice and pineapple). For years the default drink at the Belmont Stakes was the humdrum White Carnation, which sees vodka take the sweetness of peach schnapps and even it slightly with OJ before turning into a questionable quaff with the addition of cream.

Seeking an upgrade, organizers in 1998 called upon Dale DeGroff, former bartender at NYC’s Rainbow Room and drinks author credited with launching the current cocktail  renaissance. The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail author concocted the Belmont Breeze, basing his recipe on the mantra of colonial-era punch: “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and two of neat.”

Check out the cocktail recipe for the Belmont Breeze below, adapted from kingcocktail.com, DeGroff's official website. The final leg of the triple crown takes place Saturday, June 9, so until the race is over, you have a built-in excuse to say, “Yes, I’ll have another.”

Belmont Breeze

1½ oz. bourbon
½ oz. cream sherry
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Splash fresh orange juice
Splash cranberry juice
5 mint leaves
1 ming sprig
1 orange zest
1 strawberry (optional)

Assemble the first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel and mint sprig, and strawberry, if desired.

Top photo via Flickr user nakashi; bottom photo via KingCocktail.com

Recent Articles
Morgan's Pier Announces Opening Date; Spruce Street Harbor Park Popping Up on the Delaware
This Weekend: Crawl With Zombies, Brunch With Stoners and Get Your Skull Split
Official Easter Cocktail: Zombie Peep Corpse Reviver
From Around The Web

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Official Easter Cocktail: Zombie Peep Corpse Reviver

Official Easter Cocktail: Zombie Peep Corpse Reviver

Many offerings have been made to the Easter cocktail recipe gods, but we have come up with the most appropriate of all....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 17, 2014
Diet Drinks: Tips for Healthy Drinking

Diet Drinks: Tips for Healthy Drinking

How do you incorporate a night at the bar into your new lifestyle without adding extra pounds? We have answers....read more ›

by Jen Killius Jan 23, 2013
SPONSORED
Perch Pub Brunch Rectangle
Win a Pair of Tickets to the Sold Out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC!

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Sold Out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC!

We're giving away a pair of tickets to this year's sold out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington D...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 14, 2014
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the summer's sunshine, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors....read more ›

by Polly Math Apr 7, 2014
30 Places to Find the Best Philadelphia Brunch Cocktails

30 Places to Find the Best Philadelphia Brunch Cocktails

In Philadelphia, brunch isn't just a portmanteau, it's a religion....read more ›

by Polly Math Feb 10, 2014
 Crow & The Pitcher Opening in Rittenhouse

Crow & The Pitcher Opening in Rittenhouse

The just opened restaurant and bar fills the void on South 19th Street that was left vacant last year when the short-lived C19 went dark. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 15, 2014
Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar Rolls Out a New Cocktail List

Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar Rolls Out a New Cocktail List

The updates come as one of just a very small number of major revisions the Old City mainstay has given its dri...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 15, 2014
Phillies Gameday Drink Specials

Phillies Gameday Drink Specials

Check out the best places around town to grab a drink and root, root, root for the home team this baseball season....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 31, 2014
Love Is In The Air As Philly Singles Connect Over Bocce

Love Is In The Air As Philly Singles Connect Over Bocce

Bocce is a combination of skill, sport, and conversation, and has been played for thousands of years. Now it's your turn to join the fun. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Like us on Facebook!

Close