At Ellis Park Racing, we know that nothing is better than a day out at the races. You’re sitting in the grandstands, listening to the boomer announcer voice, the cheers and the applause of the crowd. And of course, you’re watching those beautiful horses. The feeling is incomparable, perhaps next to being the jockey yourself. What better way is there to enjoy this ancient sport?

Maybe a drink? Here are some the best drinks one can throw back on a pleasant day at the racetrack.

Live Horse Racing Beverages

mint julep atMint Julep

This is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Slung back by all types of horse racing fanatics for centuries, this has been a classic southern favorite, and for good reason. It’s delicious and it helps cool you off when the May and June weather gets hot. While it’s traditionally sipped at the racetrack, you don’t need to wait another year for the next Kentucky Derby.

Here is the typical Mint Julep Recipe:
· Fresh Mint
· 2 oz. Bourbon
· ¼ oz. of Simple Syrup
· Finely Crushed or Shaved Ice

Place 15 mint leaves in dry, chilled metal cup. Muddle the leaves. Add the bourbon and simple syrup and mix. Next, fill the cup with crushed ice resembling a snow cone, then garnish and drink.

Basil-Lemon Moonshine

Moonshine has come a long way since our grandparent’s time. This drink is a cultural icon. And moonshine that you can find today won’t get us sick like our poor grandparent’s recipe. This is all the better for you on a day of live horse racing. The only person being sick on such a fantastic day should be the one who make a terrible wager.

This recipe calls for:
· 1 bottle of professionally made moonshine
· 3 tablespoons of water
· ¼ cup of sugar
· 4 lemon peel strips
· 3 cups shredded fresh basil
· 6 fresh basil leaves

Create a simple syrup with the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Let it cool. Stir in shredded basil, moonshine, and 2 lemon peel strips. Pour into a large glass jar, seal it and chill for a minimum of 24 hours— the longer the better. Strain into a bowl and remove solids. Return your drink to the jar and garnish with fresh basil leaves and lemon strips.

Black-Eyed Susan

This is the official drink of the Preakness Stakes. Its name comes from the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes over the winning horse. This drink is sweet and fruity, perfect for a summer day in Baltimore, Maryland.

The recipe calls for:
· 3 tablespoons of vodka
· 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur
· ¾ cups of orange juice
· ½ cup of pineapple juice
· 3 tablespoons of light rum
· Crushed ice

To make this drink, stir together orange juice, pineapple juice, vodka, light rum and orange liqueur. Fill glasses with crushed ice and then pour mixture into glass. Garnish with lime or lemon slices, or cherries if you choose.

Good Ol’ Fashioned Beer

Not matter what the tradition, some folks would never be caught dead with a fancy cocktail in hand. If you are someone who finds these cocktails too fussy for the realness of live horse racing, ditch them. Beer will always be there. No need to get a drink that costs more than if you win your wager. The horses don’t mind and a frothy one will keep you just as cool as a Mint Julep.

Here’s how to concoct this drink:
· Go to the bar
· Ask if they have your favorite beer
· Buy your favorite beer, or make another selection

Open the beer and walk back to the grandstands before the race starts. Drink and enjoy.

Raise Your Glass…. and The Stakes

Whether you need a cool one or just sip on water on a day of live horse racing, Ellis Park Racing can keep your thirst quenched for both drinks and horse racing. We offer live horse racing and historical horse racing machines for all the horse lovers out there. Come down to Ellis Park Racing today and raise the stakes.