Cocktail of the Month: Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail for Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the American thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series, the first and third being the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, respectively. Preakness happens on the third Saturday in May each year in Baltimore, Maryland and because Baltimore is my hometown, I know what a big deal the festivities are.

The Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is the official cocktail of the Preakness and is named for the blanket of yellow flowers altered to resemble Maryland's state flower placed around the winner's neck. The cocktail reminds me of a sweeter Screwdriver.


  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 3 tablespoons light rum
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnishes: lime slices, fresh cherries


  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients. Fill 2 (12-oz.) glasses with crushed ice.
  2. Pour orange juice mixture over ice.
  3. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

This year's Preakness is May 20th and since you can't be there, now you can make your own at home. Cheers!

Photo Credit: Cocktail Crafty

Photo Credit: Cocktail Crafty

Cocktail of the Month: Lusaka Kiss

My trip to Lusaka, Zambia is coming to an end! Insert sad face here. But of course my newly-minted friends could not send me off without a proper goodbye!  Enter the Lusaka Kiss.

Created by Phoebe of Take Me With You, this cocktail was created just for me (seriously, is there a higher honor?).  To be completely transparent with you, I haven't tried this cocktail yet but I was so flattered that Phoebe thought to create a special cocktail for me, I couldn't help but to share!


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Agave nectar
  • 1.5- 2 oz Bacardi Limon
  • Cranberry juice (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of grenadine
  • 1/2 oz Cherry 7-Up
  • Garnish: lemon slice


  1. Slice lemon and then muddle it with grenadine and agave nectar
  2. Top with ice.
  3. Add 1.5 - 2oz of Bacardi Limon.
  4. Add cranberry juice to taste (but do not fill).
  5. Top with Cherry 7-Up.
  6. Garnish beverage with a lemon slice.

We are trying the Lusaka Kiss this weekend, so I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out! Hey, sometimes you just have to create your own thing if what you want isn't out there.  And by out there, I mean in Zambia because I am HARD PRESSED to find a decent cocktail in this country. Wish us luck!