Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Big Brown Triple Crown ?

This Saturday is the third leg of the Triple Crown of Horse racing - The Belmont Stakes. And if Big Brown wins, it will be the end of a 30 year draught for a Triple Crown winner.

So get out your party hats and have some fun.

Try a Belmont Breeze - here is the original recipe by Dale DeGroff

1.5 oz. Gentleman Jack (Jack Daniels)
.75 oz. Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
1.5 oz. Fresh Orange juice
1.5 oz. Cranberry juice

Shake ingredients with ice and top with half 7up and half soda, approx. one ounce of each. Garnish with fresh strawberry, mint sprig and a lemon wedge.

Decorate your table with White Carnations - they are the official flower of the Belmont and the winner is draped with a blanket of approximately 350 of them.

While you're waiting for the post time you can pitch horseshoes.
If you have young children, you can play pin the tail on the horse.

For snacks / food you can always go with a Western (Cowboy) theme. Some ideas would be chips and salsa and any type of barbecue with lots of tasty sauce. Baked beans and corn on the cob would be tasty side dishes.

Have lots of fun but don't forget to watch the race. It could be the first Triple Crown winner in thirty years.

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