May 21 is Preakness time in Baltimore, Hon! The second jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, in Baltimore also has it's signature drink.
A bit of Pimlico history: Preakness Stakes is the 2nd stop of the triple crown, following the Kentucky Derby and preceding the Belmont Stakes.
Pimlico, first opened its doors on Oct. 25, 1870, and is the second-oldest racetrack in the country, swells to accommodate spectators watching one of the most exciting two minutes in sports. Baltimoreans have seen the most famous horses in history at Pimlico, including Man o' War, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Secretariat and Cigar. Known as "Old Hilltop," Pimlico's history dates back to when Maryland Gov. Oden Bowie attended a dinner party in 1870 in Saratoga, N.Y. When it was suggested that a stake race be held that year to be called the Dinner Party Stakes, Bowie requested that the race be held in Baltimore and suggested a purse of $15,000, a large sum of money at the time. The first Dinner Party Stakes, later called The Dixie, was won by Preakness, leading to the creation of the Preakness Stakes in 1873 with a crowd of 12,000 watching.
Here is the special official PREAKNESS Black-Eyed Susan Recipe (photo courtesy CITYPEEK.com):
Pitcher at a time is best (Makes 10 large drinks):
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 1/2 cups light rum or bourbon or whiskey
3/4 cups Triple Sec
4 cups orange juice
4 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Mix all ingredients and chill.
Pour into punch bowl and add ice. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
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