BELMONT JEWEL BREEZE for the Triple Crown

Today is the final race in the Triple Crown of American Horse Racing, the Belmont Stakes. The winner of the Triple Crown must win, in succession, The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and, finally, The Belmont Stakes in order to take home this jewel of American horse racing. Thousands upon thousands attend all three races and thousands upon thousands of attendees drink cocktails at each race.

Because of this all the races have their own signature cocktail. The Kentucky Derby has the Mint Julep and the Preakness has a Black Eyed Susan. The Belmont Stakes has had the White Carnation (until 1998), the Belmont Breeze (until 2011), but now features the Belmont Jewel.

Since Belmont can't seem to settle on any single drink for too long, I've decided to take a little from all three recipes Belmont and create my own libation for the Belmont Stakes.

The original Belmont cocktail, the White Carnation, was almost an alcoholic Creamsicle with vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice with a splash of cream and soda.  The Belmont Breeze features bourbon, orange and cranberry juices plus a splash of sherry, while the Belmont Jewel is bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice.

What I have come up with takes a little from all three; some bourbon, a little sherry, orange juice, some egg white for texture and a lovely froth, and a bit of pomegranate (Grenadine) to add a little color and a little more sweetness. Then I add a dash of orange bitters and garnish with an orange twist.

Guess what I'm calling it?


1-1/2 Oz. Bourbon
1/2 Oz. Amontillado Sherry
1 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
2 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
2 Tsp. Pomegranate Syrup
Orange Peel

TOOLS: Vegetable peeler, Knife, Juicer, Jigger, Blender, Cocktail shaker, Coupe glass

Add the pomegranate syrup to your glass and chill in the freezer.
Using the vegetable peeler take off a wide strip of the orange peel (leaving off the bitter white pith) and set aside.
Add the bourbon, sherry, orange juice and egg whites to your blender and whip for 1 to 2 minutes, until your cocktail volume at least doubles.
Add this mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Pour your cocktail into your chilled coupe glass, add the two dashes of orange bitters, garnish with the orange peel and serve.

Updated 6-2019

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