The final race of US Horse Racing’s Triple Crown in The Belmont and that race happens later today. There is a lot of tradition at the three Triple Crown races; each race has a flower – Rose, Black-Eye Susan and Carnation, the painting of the winning jockey’s colours and different cocktails; the Mint Julep, the Preakness Cocktail and for today the Belmont Breeze. It seems like we have our own traditions too. Betting on the long shots in the races, making the race cocktails, and toasting my dad while watching the race with my mom on the phone. I look forward to these races.
Facebook Friend and Poker buddy Matt is placing our bets on a combination of long shots so that if we win, we win big. It’s fun to have a little money on the race and I have always been a fan of the underdog. Not sure exactly who we are betting on but will update the post closer to race time.
As for the official cocktail, it’s called at Belmont Breeze. To make it you need; 1 1/2 ounces Makers Mark Bourbon, 1/2 ounce Dry Sack Sherry, 1/2 oz fresh Lemon Juice, 1/2 Simple Syrup, a splash of fresh orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice, 5 mint leaves, 1 mint sprig, and 1 orange zest. Donna and I made enough for four drinks.
The three fruit juices mellow the taste of the Bourbon and give the Belmont Breeze a clean finish. The Simple Syrup brings sweetness to the party but not over whelming. The Mint and Orange aromas are pleasant. We like the cocktail but prefer the Preakness Cocktail a little more. It is interesting to me that all three drinks are whiskey based given that the most popular alcoholic drink in the USA, after beer, is vodka but being Canadians we like our whiskey. This bourbon thing is getting close to Canadian Whiskey but that’s another blog.
So now we are prepared, I can call my mom, toast my Dad and watch the race. Come on Long Shot.
Update: WE WON $8. Matt picked the right horse and couple of trifectas and we got our money back plus $8 each. Yeah! LOL. Can wait until next year.