The Black-Eyed Susan is the classic Preakness cocktail. We're putting our definitive “Made in Maryland” stamp on it by using Blackwater Distilling spirits. If you're interested in devoting more time and authenticity, our "Heritage Edition" is your cocktail.  If you still want to create a great race day cocktail but keeping it simple is more your style, try our "Cocktail 101" edition.

At the distillery this week, we're offering a buy one, get one half off discount on select ingredient bundles. Purchase the Finishing Barrel Series (FBS) whiskey and get half off of Picaroon white rum or Sloop Betty vodka. Take a look at the recipes below and stop by the distillery to pick up your bundle. Have questions about our products? While you're at the distillery, take a tour or ask a member of our team.

The Blackwater Distilling Black-Eyed Susan, Heritage Edition

·      2 ounces pineapple juice

·      1 ounce Finishing Barrel whiskey

·      1 ounce Picaroon white rum

·      1 ounce orange juice

·      1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

·      3/4 ounce simple syrup*

·      1 teaspoon orange liqueur

Fill a Collins or other tall glass with crushed ice. Add the mixed drink to the glass with ice. Top with the float of black rum. Garnish as desired and serve with a straw. Add 1/2 ounce float with Picaroon dark rum for an extra kick.

Fancy something a little different? You could also substitute Picaroon dark rum or Solera aged rum or our single barrel rum for the whiskey for a delicious twist. 

*To make simple syrup, combine two parts sugar and one part water in a pot. Set heat to medium-low and stir until sugar dissolves. Chill before using. The store purchased variety will work perfectly fine and will save you time.

The Blackwater Distilling Black-Eyed Susan, Cocktail 101 (Simple Edition)

·       1 part of Finishing Barrel Whiskey

·       1 part of Sloop Betty Vodka

·       1 part of Peach liqueur

·       2 parts of orange juice

·       2 parts sour mix

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a Preakness glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with an orange & cherry flag.

Check out this Preakness 2017 CNN online feature using Sloop Betty vodka: