How to Make a Belmont Jewel, the Official Drink of the Belmont Stakes

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The Belmont Jewel, a mix of bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice, will be served as the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Centerplate

Tomorrow, the horses will gather at Belmont Park in Long Island to race the third leg of the Triple Crown: the Belmont Stakes. Surrounding them will be 90,000 fans, giant hats and countless commemorative glasses filled with the Belmont Jewel, the official drink of the race.

In past years, the official drink has been the Belmont Breeze, but for reasons unknown it was converted to the Jewel in 2011. The two are both bourbon cocktails, though the Breeze features orange and cranberry juices, plus a splash of sherry.

Last year, the drink was so popular it sold out before the final race. Over 100,000 people attended last year's event, leading to a lack of food and beverages. This year, there will be less people—the track instituted a cap of 90,000 tickets—and more booze. "We've increased the number of stations that are selling the Jewel so they will be much more readily available," a track spokesman told Newsweek of this year's cocktail gameplan.

The Jewel is a bit stronger. It requires:

  • 1.5 ounces of bourbon (the race track recommends Knob Creek, but use what you like)
  • 2 ounces of lemonade
  • 1 ounce of pomegranate juice

Shake that all together with ice, pour it into a rocks glass and garnish with a cherry or lemon. May your bets be lucky, and if they're not, may you have enough Belmont Jewels to be in a good mood anyhow.