A couple of weeks ago I Started a new series on Batched cocktails.
To remind you what a batched cocktail is - making them by the pitcher or the gallon—means that when you're hosting, you don't have to also be filling shakers and knocking over the bitters, rattling ice and accidentally squirting yourself in the eye with lemon juice. The drinks are made. Dinner will come later. Just pour and join your guests.
Just like our last series on freezer door cocktails doing batched cocktail takes a little math to make it work. But the process is pretty simple
First off a Gallon is 128 oz. You then need to get the formula for the cocktail. For this cocktail in this series the formula is
1.5 - 2 -1
OR simply said is 1.5 oz Bourbon - 2 oz Simple Lemonade - 1 oz Pomegranate Juice
Horse racing and bourbon cocktails go hand in hand, and each Triple Crown race has its own special drink. This Belmont jewel recipe is the official drink for the Belmont Stakes, though it hasn't always been the cocktail of choice for the June race.
The drink is simple and refreshing. The mix of bourbon, lemonade, and pomegranate juice is perfect for any occasion, particularly summer parties.
Among the Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby is the only one to stick with a single drink over the years. The mint julep has remained the drink to have while watching the Derby. There is also a new "official" julep recipe released every year that often includes additional flavors, and they're quite impressive.
That's not the case for the other two races. The official cocktails change regularly, and, oddly enough, they frequently keep the same name. It has happened with the black-eyed Susan and the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes' drinks are no different.
For many years, the white carnation was the Belmont drink of choice. In 1998, Dale DeGroff created the Belmont breeze for the race, and it's a fabulously complex drink. The Belmont Jewel recipe above was published in 2011, although different premium bourbons are recommended as marketing and sponsorship changes. Feel free to make this recipe with any bourbon you like. You really can't go wrong with this drink.
Batched Belmont Jewel
- 40 oz of good Bourbon. I use Evan William Bottled in Bond
- 52 oz of Simply Lemonade
- 28 oz of Pomegranate Juice
Pour all ingredients into a one gallon container.
Fill Glass with and top with batched Cocktail. Top with a lemon wheel
As always I am open to hear your take and your input. You can reach me at [email protected]