Black-Eyed Susan

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Just as the Kentucky Derby has an official drink (the mint julep) so too does the Preakness. Named for the official flower of Maryland, the black-eyed Susan is the cocktail of choice on Preakness day. There are a number of variations on the recipe, but here's one we put to the test that came through with flying colors.


1 1/4 cup vodka
1 1/4 cup light rum
3/4 cup triple sec
Juice from one lime
4 cups orange juice
4 cups pineapple juice
Lime slices or maraschino cherries (optional)

Chill all ingredients. Combine in a punch bowl. Serve over crushed or chipped ice in tall glasses or punch glasses. Makes 10 large or 20 small servings. Garnish, if you prefer, with a slice of lime and/or a maraschino cherry.

Per serving (based on 20 servings): 144 calories, trace gm protein, 15 gm carbohydrates, trace gm fat, 0 mg cholesterol, trace gm saturated fat, 2 mg sodium, trace gm dietary fiber. Recipe tested by Joe Heim; e-mail questions to

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