5 Famous Cocktails to Try on Your Superior Travel Experience

Kick back and relax with one of these historic drinks.

It’s no secret that we enjoy a refreshing cocktail or two while traveling. After all, there’s a reason why so many of our Superior Executive Services travel experiences come with a top-shelf open bar package!

But for some of our events, there’s a famous cocktail paired with the festivities that you simply have to try when you’re there. How many of these signature recipes have you tasted?

  1. Mint Julep – The Kentucky Derby
  2. Black-Eyed Susan – The Preakness Stakes
  3. Belmont Jewel – The Belmont Stakes
  4. Azalea – The Masters Tournament
  5. Pit Lane Lemonade – The Indianapolis 500

Read on to learn how to make each of these famous cocktails, and how you can enjoy them at their accompanying event!

Mint Julep – The Kentucky Derby

We’d argue that the mint julep is the most famous cocktail in sports, since it’s hard to mention the Kentucky Derby without picturing this iconic (and historic — its roots date back to the 1700s) drink. In fact, it’s estimated that around 120,000 of these refreshing cocktails are sold each Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs!

The official recipe from the Kentucky Derby website calls for two ounces of Woodford Reserve bourbon, half an ounce of simple syrup, three fresh mint leaves, and crushed ice. To make one, you’ll express the mint and rub the oils around in your glass. Then add the syrup, bourbon, and ice, give it a stir, and garnish with more ice and fresh mint.

If you want to enjoy one of your own while taking in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” there’s still time to book one of our 2023 Kentucky Derby travel packages!


Black-Eyed Susan – The Preakness Stakes

Moving right along through the Triple Crown races, the Preakness Stakes has its own signature drink as well — the Black-Eyed Susan. While maybe not as iconic as its Kentucky cousin, this drink is just as refreshing!

To mix one up, you’ll combine one ounce of bourbon, one ounce of vodka, one ounce of peach schnapps, two ounces of orange juice, and two ounces of sour mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a shake, then strain it out over crushed ice in a tall class. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry (the “black eye” the drink is known for) and enjoy!

Check out our Preakness Stakes travel packages and reserve your spot to enjoy one of these boozy concoctions while watching the race!


Belmont Jewel – The Belmont Stakes

Last up is the youngest of the Triple Crown cocktails, served up in honor of the oldest of the three races. The Belmont Jewel was first created in 2011 — nearly 150 years after the race was first held — but it doesn’t have the distinction of being the Belmont Stakes’ first signature drink! In fact, the race had two other signature drinks until the Belmont Jewel was introduced as a simpler version of its predecessors.

To make a Belmont Jewel, add one and a half ounces of bourbon, two ounces of lemonade, and one ounce of pomegranate juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake it up, and strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge, orange zest, or cherry, and serve it up!

Want to enjoy this drink while taking in this historic racing event? Book one of our Belmont Stakes travel packagestoday!


Azalea – The Masters Tournament

One of our favorite and most exclusive golf events to take travelers to also features a seriously refreshing cocktail as its unofficial signature drink. Each year attendees celebrate the Masters Tournament with the Azalea, a fruity drink perfect for enjoying the spring weather and world-class golf.

This famous cocktail is as easy to make as it is to drink. Simply mix one part lemon juice, two parts vodka or gin, one part pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine to give it its signature pink color. Mix it up and either serve it individually or keep a large pitcher in the fridge for a group gathering.

Want to enjoy your own while experiencing one of golf’s most important days up close and personal? There’s still time to book one of our 2023 Masters Tournament travel packages!

Pit Lane Lemonade – The Indianapolis 500

Traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend, the Indianapolis 500 is one of the first sporting events of summer — and it doesn’t get more summery than its signature cocktail, the Pit Lane Lemonade.

This drink is comprised of one ounce of limoncello, one ounce of vodka, and three ounces of lemonade shaken with ice and poured into a highball glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon, and enjoy!

If enjoying one of these along with 325,000 other racing fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway sounds like a great way to kick off summer, reserve your Indy 500 travel package today!

No matter what your drink of choice, Superior Executive Services can help you create an unforgettable travel experience with world-class hospitality. See our full event lineup here, and contact our team today online or at 608.665.9070 to get started!

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