The Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown anyone?

This Saturday is the running of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg in the Triple Crown. Big Brown first won the Kentucky Derby, and then the Preakness Stakes. So a win at Belmont this weekend would usher in the first Triple Crown win in 30 years.

To help you with your celebrations, we’d like to offer up a few well-themed cocktails. Enjoy!

Belmont Breeze
Original recipe by Dale DeGroff

  • 1 1/2 ounces Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Dry Sack
  • 3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce Fresh Orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounce Ocean Spray Cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and top with half 7up and half soda, approximately one ounce of each.
Garnish with fresh strawberry, a mint sprig, and a lemon wedge.


From Grace’s Restaurant, NYC

  • 2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz.Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
  • Dash of Peychaud Bitters

Served Chilled Straight Up in a Sugared Martini Glass


Preakness Cocktail
From the International Cocktail Specialties by James Mayabb, Hearthside Press, Inc. 1962

  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Benedictine
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash of Bitters

Shake well and strain into an chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Grapefruit Julep
Original recipe by Dale DeGroff

  • 1 1/2 ounces Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 mint sprigs

Bruise one mint sprig in the bottom of a mixing glass with the lime and honey syrup.
Add the juices, vodka and shake. Strain over crushed ice into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with the remaining mint.


Whiskey Peach Smash
Original recipe by Dale DeGroff

  • 1 1/2 oz. of Woodford Reserve
  • 4 small peach quarters
  • 3 mint leaves and one sprig of mint for garnish
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 oz. of Simple syrup

Muddle the mint leaves, simple syrup, lemon wedges and peach quarters in a bar glass. Add whiskey and shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of mint and peach slice.



  • 1 1/2 oz. Finlandia Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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