At a mile and a half, the Belmont Stakes is considered the toughest leg of the Triple Crown. But watching as a fan doesn’t have to be. Local bartenders and restaurants shared their favorite Belmont Stakes cocktails that will keep nerves at bay.
Bartender Thomas Crawford created a cocktail for Flight’s new cocktail list called American Tune. It was inspired by the classic mint julep and named after one of his favorite songs by his favorite New Yorker, Paul Simon.
2oz American Bourbon
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Crème de Pêche
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
.1 oz fresh lemon juice
3 dashes angostura bitters
4 large mint leaves
Garnish: lemon wheel, mint sprig
Add all ingredients including mint leaves to shaker tin, and shake for 10 seconds. Double strain into coupe glass. Garnish and enjoy.
Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge, Rocky Point
Mixologist Kemal Uruk shared one of Spiro’s signature fruit forward cocktails for the big event called The Bourbon & Berries. It’s made with hints of agave that unleash a robust flavor of oak and vanilla for a lingering finish.
The Bourbon & Berries
1 1/2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1/2 oz Cedilla Acai Berry Liqueur
1 tsp of agave nectar
Build ingredients in a shaker. Shake really well. Prep rocks glass with fresh ice. Strain. Garnish with dark berries.
George Martin’s Burger Bar, Massapequa Park
To mark the third leg of the Triple Crown, George Martin’s Burger Bar is getting into the spirit with the race-inspired cocktail aptly named the Belmont Jewel.
1 1/2 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
1oz pomegranate liqueur
1oz cranberry juice
Splash of sour mix
Shaken up and served over ice in a mason jar. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.