Preakness inspired cocktails by Maker’s Mark


The 142nd running of the Preakness will happen this Saturday, May 20. Whether you’re watching the race live at the course, or from the comforts of home on the big day, Maker’s Mark has you covered with a variety of delicious cocktails for you and your friends to enjoy.

image001The Official Drink of the Preakness: Black-Eyed Susan 

1 ½ oz. Effen Vodka

1 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon

2 oz. fresh orange juice

2 oz. sour mix

Orange and cherry, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, stir, and pour into a highball glass.



image003Maker’s Mash

1 ½ oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1 oz. fresh mixed berries

6 fresh mint sprigs

1 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

Lemon wedge and mint sprig for garnish

Combine ingredients in mixing tin and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a mint sprig.

image005Maker’s Mark Hurricane 

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon

2 oz. passion fruit juice

1 oz. fresh orange juice

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. real pomegranate grenadine

1 orange slice

1 maraschino cherry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, passion fruit syrup, the citrus juices, and grenadine. Cover the shaker and shake vigorously until frosty cold. Strain into a double old-fashioned or high-ball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

image007Fancy Bourbon Punch

1 liter Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1 cup granulated sugar

Peels of 3 lemons and 1 orange

Juice of peeled fruit

1 liter of strong tea (preferably green tea)

250 ml champagne (club soda can be used for a less fancy version)

Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine sugar and citrus peels in the bottom of a punch bowl. Muddle together until sugar starts to clump together. Let sit for about 2 hours, (while not necessary, this does add a little complexity). Brew the tea for about 30 minutes, remove loose tea or tea bags and allow to cool. Add the juice of the peeled fruit, tea and bourbon. Stir. Top with champagne just before serving and stir gently. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and serve. NOTE: If you can’t grate fresh nutmeg, don’t use the prepackaged powdered stuff. It will turn your punch into a paste. If fresh isn’t possible, garnish with citrus wheels or fresh fruit.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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