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Black Eyed Susan Cocktail

An easy and refreshing drink, this fruity cocktail is the official drink of the Preakness. Stronger than it looks and perfect for a party.

This pretty cocktail with a cute name is a refreshing drink perfect for celebrating the warmer months. You can find the ingredients everywhere and it’s easy to make.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s easy to make. No blender, no chopping, just shaking. (Okay, and a little bit of juicing!)
  • The name is adorable and you can serve it with a fresh flower garnish.
  • Perfect for a summer party while you’re watching horse racing

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

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You’ll need the following for this refreshing cocktail:

  • vodka
  • spiced rum
  • peach schnapps (I am not a fan and usually substitute orange liqueur)
  • pineapple juice 
  • orange juice 
  • ginger ale
  • orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

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Step One: Add ingredients and shake

mason jar cocktail shaker

Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour all ingredients inside except the ginger ale. Shake well.

Step Two: Pour, garnish, serve

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Put ice into a glass. Pour the cocktail on top. Splash in some ginger ale. Add the maraschino cherry and fresh orange wedge.

🥫 Storage instructions

🔍 FAQs

Are black-eyed Susan flowers edible?

They aren’t poisonous but they aren’t exactly edible, either. Feel free to pop one on top for garnish, but don’t go eating them by the handful.

How strong is this drink?

Pretty boozy. It’s more alcohol than fruit juices. Don’t be embarrassed to serve it to a group of men.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Use fresh juices for the best flavor
  • If you’re making a large batch, mix everything except the ginger ale ahead of time. Just before serving, add ginger ale to each glass.
  • If you don’t have an orange, use a lime wedge for garnish.

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🍽 Serve it with

This is the official drink of the Preakness Stakes. If you’re having a party to watch, try these recipes too:

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📖 Here’s the recipe

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Black Eyed Susan Cocktail

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An easy and refreshing drink, this fruity cocktail is the official drink of the Preakness. Stronger than it looks and perfect for a party.
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins
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  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 2 ounce pineapple juice bottled or freshly juiced
  • 2 ounce orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce ginger ale
  • orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Add ingredients, except garnish and ginger ale, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
  • Pour into a glass filled with ice, leaving some room for ginger ale. Pour in a splash of ginger ale on top. Add a maraschino cherry and fresh orange wedge for garnish.


Freshly squeezed orange juice makes a world of difference in the flavor of this drink, but. a nice quality bottled juice will work in a pinch!
A fresh black-eyed Susan makes a pretty garnish too.
Don’t like peach schnaps?  Me neither.  You can substitute orange liqueur, or simply leave it out. 


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: black eyed susan, preakness cocktail
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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