On Preak: Reinventing the Black Eyed Susan

Maker's Mark

Nothing can truly top Kentucky bourbon, or the Kentucky Derby, but we can’t ignore the fresh seafood, or exhilarating Preakness Stakes in Maryland. Recently, I took up a challenge to reinvent the classic Preakness Cocktail, The Black Eyed Susan, but with Maker’s Mark bourbon. The best of both worlds! Adding to the recipe my own easy-on-the-sugar twist, I think you’ll be fan.

Maker's Mark

This recipe can be easily edited to suit your tastes, though prepared my way will turn lean itself more to the tart and zesty side. Just how I like it! Here’s how to make the cocktail:

  • 1 shot Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 shot Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur (or any orange liqueur)
  • Squeeze of 1/2 Cara Cara or Blood Orange
  • Lemon wedge
  • Sparkling water (lemon/orange flavored works well!)

Add the first set of ingredients to a tumbler filled with ice, filling the glass the rest of the way up with sparkling water. Feel free to add more juice or liqueur. Heck, if you’re me, you’ll likely be adding another half shot of bourbon! Bottoms up, and may the odds be ever in your horse’s favor.

Note: I received bourbon samples without payment to make this blog post. Recipe and opinions are all 100% by me.

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