Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff created the Belmont breeze in 1997 and it became the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. The recipe replaced the white carnation and has since been replaced by the Belmont jewel. In no way does that take away from the greatness of this cocktail, either.
The Belmont breeze is a fun and lightly fruity cocktail with a bourbon and sherry base. It’s easy to mix up and is a cocktail that you can enjoy beyond a day of watching the horses.
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey (or rye whiskey)
- 1/2 ounce sherry (medium dry)
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice (fresh)
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Splash orange juice
- Splash cranberry juice
- 5 mint leaves
- Garnish: mint sprig
- Garnish: orange peel or slice