This year’s Breeders’s Cup at Keeneland Racecourse will be unlike any other: the BC has, since its inception, always brought us world-class racing, but it’s going to be an at-home affair for all racing fans this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
So this calls for a quarantine Breeders’ Cup viewing party. So whether it’s held over Zoom or with a socially-distanced get-together in the back yard, there should be cocktails.
Bourbon is the go-to spirit of choice here; after all, the only true bourbon comes out of Kentucky, so you’ll be supporting Lexington-area businesses as you imbibe!
The Official Bourbon of the Breeders’ Cup is Maker’s Mark, and they even have a cool commemorative bottle just in time for the World Championships.
Here are a few cocktail recipes to check out for your Breeders’ Cup watch party:
The Torrie Cup One of the official cocktails of the Breeders’ Cup, the Torrie Cup is a mix of bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and lemonade. It’s the perfect mix of refreshing and potent!
Maple Old Fashioned The perfect meld of fall flavors and Kentucky bourbon, the maple old fashioned puts an autumnal twist on a classic cocktail.
Hot Toddy If you’re having people over and staying safe outside, consider a hot toddy for a warming cocktail. They’re delicious, warming, and right on-theme for the Breeders’ Cup.
Ale 8 One Provide for the non-drinkers, designated drivers, and kids with some Ale 8 One (might be difficult to find in some areas), the official soft drink of the Bluegrass State. It’s a soda wildly popular in Kentucky- it’s kind of like if ginger ale and Sprite sired a colt. Which is to say: it’s really good! You can also mix it with your bourbon if you so choose. That’s good, too!
Are these drinks necessary for a BC viewing party? Of course not. But they can/will certainly help drown your sorrows or amp up your celebration. And we at the Daily Racing Blog hope it’s a celebration.
And always remember; drink and wager responsibly. Cheers !