May 17, 2020
Hey there love! Hope you are having an AH-MAZING weekend! It has felt pretty damn tropical here in Baltimore the past few days and, rumor has it, we are in for a whole lot of rain over the next week. Ugh. Boo. BUT, can you believe next weekend is already Memorial Day? Time flies when being sheltered in place, right? Speaking of which, the "shelter-in-place" restrictions were lifted in Maryland on Friday evening at 5:00 pm, although there are a handful of jurisdictions that are not following suit. Of course, it happens to be in both the county where I live AND the county where I own a property too. Needless to say, I am SO OVER IT. Yes, safety and health are the utmost importance but this is getting old. Time for social interaction. Time to get a little pampered and self care outside of the same walls we have been stuck in for 8+ weeks now. Time for NORMAL.
So, yesterday would have marked the 145th Preakness Race at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore. It was, also, just announced that the rescheduled date would be Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. It's kind of exciting, especially for the mere fact I have never been, and I have some amazing couture dresses from which to choose (and some bougie hats as well)! Let's just hope an audience is able to be in attendance! I am kind of thinking this is the look I would be channeling...
THESE colors just speak to me! While I still have a lot of time to think about it, let's get talking about the Preakness favorite cocktail - the Black Eyed Susan. Named after the state flower, and what the winner is draped in (yes, a blanket of flowers), this cocktail is pretty damn famous.
And, I will admit, I have never had one! I know! As I have shared before, I am not into sweets and this drink, depending on the recipe (a few variations), is nothing more than sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Between pineapple juice, orange juice, sweet and sour mix, and, okay, I am stopping here. I just saw that an 8 oz. serving could be upwards of 700 calories and well over 100 grams of sugar.
Yeah, no thank you!
When I saw that, I knew it became my mission to recreate this gem into something that is tasty, less fruity and more boozy (I say that to emphasize less sweet). While I am not looking at this from a "let's see how many calories I can cut," I am looking at it from an ingredient standpoint. How can I make this cocktail taste amazing but not full of processed sugar and junk? Think all natural, and less pre-packaged. And, with this, will, automatically, cut those calories in half.
Quick education! Did you know, "craving" sugar is a learned behavior? The body does not crave sugar on its own. While I can go into a whole dissertation about cravings and how it has to do with hormones, I will keep it simple. The more sugar you consume, the more sugar your body will want. As far as that fruity, sugar filled drink? What are the odds you sip it slow...and what are the odds you don't have another 2 or 3?
I would much rather it be a little stronger, sip and enjoy, and be good for the day! And, to each his own when it comes to consuming alcohol. If you choose, do so responsibly and in moderation.
You ready to see what I came up with?
Black Eyed Susan Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Vodka; I am all about good quality so Grey Goose is what went in mine!
1 1/2 oz. Rum; white or dark rum will work so go with what you have on hand (dark will give it a heavier, spiced flavor)
1 1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur; I have been using "Solerno Blood Orange" in my cocktails lately!
4 oz. Apple & Eve Organic Orange & Pineapple Juice; best I could find!
Orange slice & maraschino cherry for garnish
Place all vodka, rum, orange liqueur and juice in a cocktail shaker. Do your best bartender impression and give it a shake, shake, shake. Pour into an 8 oz. glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry! Enjoy, and be responsible!
Cheers to Sunday, and a very yummy happy hour!
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