Move over, Kentucky Derby. The Preakness has its own cocktail. However, there’s just one teensy, little detail. No one can really agree on the ingredients of the Black-Eyed Susan. Created by a
catering company that served Pimlico for years and named for Maryland’s state flower (and what the winning horse is draped with), this drink has been made with various liquors including whiskey, rye or bourbon. To lend some tartness, sometimes sour mix was used, sometimes lemon juice made an appearance, sometimes grapefruit juice. We researched far and wide and found that this recipe might be closest to the original. Tasty and refreshing, this cocktail will brighten any Preakness viewing party.
The Preakness takes place May 19, 2018, at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 oz. rum
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. triple sec
- 2 lime wedges
Place ice in two highball glasses. In a cocktail shaker, combine juices, rum, vodka and triple sec. Shake well. Divide mixture between the two glasses. Squeeze lime wedge into drink before serving.
When you think of Maryland, you probably think of the Chesapeake Bay and if you think of the Chesapeake Bay, you probably think of blue crabs. The bay is an estuary (where saltwater and freshwater
mix) and the perfect environment for blue crab. In fact, the Chesapeake Bay produces 50 percent of the blue crab harvest in the United States.
If it’s hot where you are, you might welcome this no-cook crab salad recipe that does not involve an oven. We served this on endive boats for a lovely appetizer pre-concert, but you could put it on crackers or even a soft roll for a crab salad sammie.
Check out the wild horses on Assateague Island National Seashore, near Ocean City, where you can swim, hike the beach, kayak, fish or birdwatch.
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 8 oz. fresh crab meat
- Old Bay seasoning, to taste
In a medium bowl, add celery, scallion, mustard and mayo. Mix until well combined. Gently fold in crab meat, taking care not to break up large lumps or claw meat. Add Old Bay seasoning to taste. Let chill before serving.
When we think of Maryland, we think of water. From the stunning Eastern Shore beaches, to Baltimore Harbor, to capital of Annapolis (hello, Navy), the ocean plays a major role in the culture and pleasure of residents. With good reason too; the Chesapeake Bay nearly bisects the state and most of the waterways in the state are part of the bay watershed.
Smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay sits Smith Island, accessible only by ferry. This small community of only a few villages boasts big about its most famous export, Smith Island Cake. This scrumptious confection consists of eight to 10 ultra-thin layers of yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting between each and was declared the state dessert of Maryland in 2008.
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