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Preakness Cocktail

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The Preakness cocktail is a drink built with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and angostura bitter!

Preakness Cocktail Info

One drink that is synonymous with horse racing is the Mint Julep. This is the famous signature drink at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. While the Kentucky Derby is the most well-known horse race in America, there are many others. Preakness Stakes is one such race, which is held every year on the third Saturday of May at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland.

Preakness is a variant on the Manhattan that Allen Katz created and he named the drink after this race! He is also the host of "The Cocktail Hour" on Martha Stewart Living Radio, SiriusXM. Katz's drink is a minor modification to the Manhattan recipe. However, it adds a lot of nuances. He adds a splash of Benedictine making it something totally new.

Only a few people know the secret recipe for Benedictine, a French liqueur. It was reportedly created in 1510 by Don Bernardo Vincelli, a Benedictine monk. It's like Chartreuse and is a secret recipe that includes dozens of botanicals such as angelica and lemon balm.

Katz recommends using an American rye whiskey over bourbon. The signature spice of Rye works well in Manhattans, as it helps to offset some of the sweetness from the vermouth, hence why it also works great in a Preakness cocktail. It is, however, up to your taste preferences. No one will judge you for using your favorite whiskey. The sweet vermouth can also be chosen, but make sure you use high-quality vermouth.


A modified Manhattan cocktail!

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Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 45 ml Whiskey (Rye)
  • 25 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 15 ml Benedictine
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitter


  • Add ice to your mixing glass.
  • Add the ingredients.
  • Stir it cold and a little longer to dilute the drink a touch!
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!

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Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 5g | Iron: 1mg
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