Derby Days: The Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown. Every major champion in racing history has competed on this race track. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness are staples of Southern tradition, but The Belmont is a true New York affair!

Until 1997, the traditional song was “Sidewalks of New York”, but was changed to “New York, New York”, thought to be more familiar to a larger, younger audience. Not only was the song changed, the official drink was changed from the White Carnation to the Belmont Breeze, based on a colonial recipe of whiskey punch. The traditional trophy hasn’t changed. A Tiffany made, silver bowl donated by the Belmont family is still presented at the winner’s circle, along with a horse blanket made of white carnations.

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"Bianca" Hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery - The Official Milliner of The Breeder's Cup! CLICK HERE to visit Christine's website and view her stunning collection of extraordinary race day hats!


The Belmont Breeze

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Dry Sack Medium Dry Sherry
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 1 orange zest
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and orange peel.
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