The Official Black Eyed Susan Recipe

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Keeping it simple with this weeks drink of the week. The Kentucky Derby may have the Mint Julep, but the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown held in Maryland on May 17, is all about the Black Eyed Susan. The cocktail appropriately named after Maryland’s state flower has been tweaked over the years.  This year’s updated recipe, created by Global Mixologist Pekka Pellinen, weaves in fresh flavors of juices and elderflower balanced out by Finlandia Vodka, the Official Vodka of the 139th Preakness Stakes.

Black Eyed Susan

  • 1 1/2 oz. Finlandia vodka
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain liqueur
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. orange juice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a high ball glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.



Alex is a full time sales and marketing professional in the consumer packaged goods industry with 8+ years experience in the wine and spirits industry. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified. When not writing for Intoxicology, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or at a local bar.

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