So the Triple Crown season winds up today with the 145th Belmont Stakes, my favorite of the Triple Crown races (being a native New Yorker), even when there is no Triple Crown on the line. Like the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, The Belmont has it's own signature cocktail. In fact there have been several.
The first was the White Carnation, a fitting drink considering the winner is draped with a blanket of carnations, like the blanket of roses for the Derby winner or the blanket of Black Eyed Susans for the Preakness winner - though for the Preakness they are really yellow daisies painted with black in the middle since Black Eyed Susans don't bloom this early in the year. The White Carnation was the official drink until 1998.
Enjoy the race, or whatever you do this weekend. As always, relax, have fun and enjoy a well made cocktail.