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The Many Cocktails of the Belmont Stakes

This year the path to the elusive Triple Crown has been less than stellar with a disqualification of Maximum Security during the Kentucky Derby, War of Will winning the Preakness while Bodexpress ran the entire race without a jockey. Needless to say, horse race enthusiasts are intrigued to see if the spectacle will continue today during the Belmont Stakes.

Each horse race has its own specific drink: the Kentucky Derby’s mint julep; the Preakness’s Black-Eyed Susan; and the Belmont Stakes from its White Carnation to  the Belmont Jewel.

Predating both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the Belmont Stakes’s first race occurred in 1867. Its version of a White Carnation served as the official drink until 1997; composed of: vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, club soda, and a splash of cream. Introduced in 1998, the Belmont Breeze had similar ingredients but substituted vodka for whiskey, and added sherry, lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberry juice and mint. Overkill perhaps?

Drank for 14 years, the Belmont Breeze saw its last hurrah when the Belmont Jewel made its debut in 2012. Simplified, the newly revealed cocktail included just four ingredients: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, lemonade, pomegranate juice, and orange zest. Looking to go out and celebrate? Here are three places that are slinging weekend happy hours.

The Brixton-901 U Street NW

With its rooftop deck overlooking the ever-bustling U Street, rail drinks are $5 and we’re sure if you ask nicely they’ll make you a Belmont Jewel. Happy hour is from 1PM-5PM.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab-750 15th St NW

Oh you fancy huh? That’s okay because not only can you get phenomenal cocktails, but amazingly fresh seafood dibs like their lobster deviled eggs and blackened fish sliders. Happy hour is from 2:30PM-6:30PM

The Royal-501 Florida Ave. NW

All you really need to know is that happy hour begins at 3PM and ends at 7PM. Yes, on the weekend. Get there early though as their bar gets packed.


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