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.

Flaviar: A New Way To Taste Premium Sprits


Forget flowers. If you want to send me something that will give you the everlasting key to my heart: send whisky. That said, any potential suitors should definitely check out Flaviar.


This brilliant monthly box sends a premium tasting of 5 spirits. The box I had was delicious, delicious whisky from all around the world!  I was so excited upon receiving this thing that I even put up a terrifically unflattering (to me, not them) Youtube video about it! I was that jazzed about this box!  Just imagine: Japanese whisky with floral notes and peach. A whisky all the way from India that smells sweet, and of almonds. There was whisky from Switzerland, Ireland, and of course Scotland.

The idea is that you invite 2 other friends over, and make it a tasting party. I cheated and just had 1 other person, so it was really a party, and we had plenty to taste! Going back and forth about what we noticed in each was honestly a lot of fun! They’ve even got an app! To buy all of these bottles at a liquor store would have been well over $300, and this subscription is currently just $24.99. Tis the season… And I can’t imagine a better gift than this.

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