Preakness Special: How to make a Black Eyed Susan Cocktail

Having a party or hosting the Preakness and need the standard recipe for the Black Eyed Susan Cocktail? If you didn't know the Black Eyed Susan is Maryland's state flower.  Here is the consensus recipe in Maryland.


In 1973, Harry Stevens, a Baltimore caterer wanted a signature drink to serve at Pimlico Race Course during the Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown. He wanted the drink to match Maryland's state flower that draped the winning horse. 


  • 2 oz. sour mix (see separate ingredients below)
  • 1 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 2 oz. fresh orange juice
  • ½ orange slice, for garnish
  • 1 luxardo cherry, for garnish


1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup fresh lime juice


To make the sour mix, bring water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cool, and stir in lemon juice and lime juice. Put in a jar, cover, and refrigerate.

To mix the drink, add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake & strain over crushed ice into a tall collins like glass. Garnish with orange slice and luxardo cherry.

We hope you enjoy!

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