Official Cocktail of Belmont Park on Saturday

horse-raceIf you’re a Woodford Reserve fan, you may want to checkout the Official Cocktail of Belmont Park along with some of their great recipes (both food and cocktail). We received this press release with a bunch of cool recipes to “eat and drink” along with the horse racing event.

Toast Saturday’s Belmont Stakes with the Official Cocktail of Belmont Park

As the country’s eyes are on jockey Calvin Borel in preparation for the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 6, Woodford Reserve bourbon will toast the final leg of horse racing’s legendary Triple Crown with the Belmont Breeze, the official cocktail of Belmont Park and the Belmont Stakes in New York. Whether you’re watching the race from Belmont Park (where the cocktail will be offered) or enjoying a party at home across the country, enjoy the Belmont’s official cocktail and toast to the final leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing.

Official Cocktail of the Belmont Stakes and Belmont Park

1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve
2 oz.  lemonade
1 oz.  pomegranate juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


If you’re entertaining friends at home for the Belmont Stakes or looking for simple recipes to prepare and take to the Belmont Stakes, bring some extra flavor to your appetizers with the Official Bourbon of the Belmont Stakes, Woodford Reserve.  Below are several simple bourbon-based recipes to pack for a day at the racetrack or to enjoy at home with guests.

Woodford Reserve Bacon Toast

¼ pound bacon
3 slices wheat bread
½ cup mango chutney
1 tablespoon Woodford Reserve bourbon

Preheat broiler to high. Cook bacon until crisp, chop into fine pieces and place on a small plate. Using a biscuit cutter or the top of a jar, stamp out 1½ inch bread rounds. In a small bowl mix the chutney and bourbon, heating slightly in the microwave to mix thoroughly. Spread a generous amount of the chutney mixture on the bread round then dip it in the bacon pieces so they stick to the bread. Repeat the steps for each bread round. Just before serving heat under the broiler to further crisp the bacon. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 toasts

Note: The toasts can be made one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to broil and serve.

Woodford Reserve-Soaked Dates

24 pitted dates
½ cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
24 pecan halves
Granulated sugar

Soak dates in bourbon overnight. Drain and put pecan in center of each date. Roll in sugar. Serve at room temperature or store in an airtight container.


Woodford Reserve and Pecan Brie

½ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 small (8-ounce) wheel brie
1 baguette, sliced

Combine syrup, pecans and bourbon in a small pan and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.  Pierce the brie with a fork and pour the sauce over the top.  Serve with baguette slices.

Serves 6.

Woodford Reserve Mustard Wraps

3 sandwich wraps
9 slices thinly-sliced turkey
9 slices smoky provolone cheese
Roasted red peppers to taste
Shredded lettuce
¼ cup stone ground mustard
1 tablespoon Woodford Reserve bourbon

Layer three slices of turkey over the bourbon mustard. Add three slices of cheese, roasted red peppers and shredded lettuce. Mix bourbon and mustard together and top with bourbon mustard. Slice wrap in half.

Serves 6.

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  • Reply
    Greg Schwartz
    June 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I’m looking forward to whenever you do the bourbon episode of Everyday Drinkers (despite your whiskey aversion), so you all can dismiss Woodford for the overpriced marketing hype that I think it is.

    Incidentally, if you find yourself looking for fresh voices for that particular episode, I think I’m qualified.

    Also, while I’m spouting out, I think it would be awesome for you to go live for an episode. That is, stream your call live (using something like TalkShoe or BlogTalkRadio perhaps?), let people know what you’ll be tasting in advance so those sickos amongst us can participate along with and then have a chatroom (or a FriendFeed room?) for all of us who are listening and tasting to comment synchronously. And you can interact with the chatroom on air or not. I know it’s more work for you, but it’ll turn the taping into much more of an event for all of us in listener land.

    Anyway, just thinking out loud. Love all the content you’re putting out there.

    • Reply
      Derrick Schommer
      June 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm

      That’s a great idea, I’ll see how hard it is to get that working for the audio show. It all comes down to seeing if I can do that w/o destroying my skype audio quality by saturating the bandwidth, but I’ve never tried so it may be fine.

  • Reply
    Greg Schwartz
    June 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Yeah, I’d definitely do a test call.

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