The Black-Eyed Susan is a symbol that collectively incorporates everything Preakness.
From the state flower of Maryland to the key stakes for the fillies before the Preakness Stakes or the blanket of flowers that will adorn the winner of the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The Black-Eyed Susan is an icon of the Preakness and the official flower of the race.
However, few remember the Black-Eyed Susan as the official drink of the Preakness. Most forget that the Black-Eyed Susan is one of the most refreshing and equally one of the most knockout drinks around.
You may ask why? Unfortunately for us cocktail connoisseurs, the Black-Eyed Susan only makes its return annually, most commonly served at Pimlico Race Course for the two days surrounding the Preakness.
Similar to the Mint Julep, from the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Black-Eyed Susan can be purchased in commemorative glasses literally anywhere at Pimlico on these two days, infield to clubhouse. After the second jewel is won and done, though, the drink won’t resurface until next year’s Preakness. This is a tragedy to the many drink lovers across the horseracing sphere, because the drink is very unique. Almost literally, you may never find anything like it ever again.
The Black Eyed Susan, a drink unlike any other, somewhat because of its timely appearances, but more importantly because of its contents. So comes the true question; what is in a Black-Eyed Susan?
When I first heard of the drink I pictured a beautiful yellow drink, one that tastes like sunshine.
Isn’t that what you think?
I pictured a Black-Eyed Susan in a glass. Funnily enough, there was a time when the Black Eyed Susan beverage looked and tasted like that. However, over the years of the Preakness Stakes, the recipe and ingredients have evolved.
Honestly, after some research and questions I’m still confused about the true ingredients of the beverage. There are a variety of interpretations, including this one from last year:
That’s the best part of a cocktail though, right? You have the ability to give it whatever twist you like.
At the end of the day, that’s the best part of the Black-Eyed Susan. You can have a light, refreshing beverage and enjoy an exciting day of racing OR you can make a hard, exciting cocktail that will fully prepare you for the craziness that is the Preakness infield.
So this weekend, whether you are at Pimlico or on the couch, bring some taste to your horse race with the Black-Eyed Susan.