Preakness Cocktail

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Serve in
a Coupe glass...
shot Straight rye whiskey
¾ shot Martini Rosso vermouth BUY
½ shot Benedictine D.O.M. BUY
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters BUY
½ shot Chilled water(omit if wet ice)
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How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.


Lemon zest twist discarded & maraschino cherry


A Bénédictine-influenced twist on the Sweet Manhattan.


Thanks to a 2009 article by Dave Wondrich in The Malt Advocate we know that this cocktail was created in 1936 by a chap called George who was the head bartender at Baltimore’s Emerson Hotel. The Preakness Stakes is an American horse race held on the third Saturday in May annually at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. George was the winner of a contest to come up with an official cocktail for the first Preakness Ball held that year. Incidentally, The Pimlico Racetrack is said to be named after “Ben Pimlico's Tavern” which once stood in the area.

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