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Belmont Stakes Traditions

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The Official Drink
A vendor selling Belmont Breezes

A vendor selling Belmont Breezes and beer on Belmont Stakes day.

© Terence Dulay
Another of the changes made in 1997 was to come up with a new drink to replace the White Carnation. Dale DeGroff, head bartender at Manhattan's Rainbow Room/Windows on the World, used an old, Colonial recipe for whiskey punch: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak" to come up with the Belmont Breeze. Introduced in 1998, it has been the official drink ever since, but it isn't nearly as popular as the Mint Julep at the Derby or the Black-eyed Susan at the Preakness. The crowd at the Belmont Stakes seems to mostly stick to beer, but the $10 price tag may also have something to do with that.

Belmont Breeze recipe
White Carnation recipe

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