I just realized that I had not shown you the Preakness Stakes Tablescape that I did for the horse race last week.
And for the record, I am not from Baltimore, even though “Maryland, My Maryland” is the song that is sung before the horse race, much like “My Old Kentucky Home” is sung before the Derby.
Since the Preakness is run in the middle of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes races, it is considered the middle child, and often ignored, and apparently I am no exception.
Either I ignored or just plain forgot to post my Preakness tablescape!
And in case you missed this middle race, the horse than won the Derby, also won the Preakness and is considered a favorite to win the Belmont, which would make the horse named Justify, a triple crown winner.
This has not happened since American Pharaoh won in 2012.
It is not an easy feat for a race horse to win all three races, as the races are run so close together, like two weeks apart.
I posted about the Preakness here, in case you missed it…and with a promise to show you the tablescape.
For the tablescape, I kept the burlap table runner and placemats that I used for the Kentucky Derby tablescape.
Ok, and I kept the large beautiful horse’s head also.
But here is where I changed it up a bit.
On top of the rectangular burlap place mat, I placed a round yellow place mat.
I added a driftwood charger to use as a dinner plate.
On top of the driftwood dinner plate, I used a brown-eyed susan salad plate.
Here I must tell you that you will hear both brown and black eyed susans.
Apparently, they are one of the same.
My salad plates are Vernon Kilns Brown-Eyed Susan plates, the flowers are up the side and the brown rim encircles the pretty yellow and white plate centers.
For the flatware I used the rope flatware and for the yellow napkin, I used a brown eyed susan napkin ring.
I liked that the ring in the bottom of the flatware match the horse’s bit also on the table. (a never been used one, even though I used to have quite a collection when we were raising and showing horses)
I used green bubble glass stemmed glasses and of course the Pimlico cocktail glasses filled with the brown-eyed susan cocktail.
On one end of the table, a jockey hat and riding crop lay beside the horse bit.
At the other end of the table are more brown-eyed susan flowers in a yellow pot and a bottle of Dark Horse wine.
The Menu was as simple as the tablescape.
I started with a cheese and crackers appetizer situated on a plate along with grapes and pear slices.
Since the Preakness is run in Baltimore, Maryland…crab cakes were the star of the menu and I served them on a layer of Bibb lettuce.
The vegetables were easy, Roasted asparagus spears and red potatoes cut into chunks. I added a bit of butter and paprika to both.
Finally, I used a home made (Rhoades frozen) dinner roll.
Dessert couldn’t have been simpler.
Store bought vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I added orange slices and a red or green maraschino cherry to the top.
Now let’s talk these pretty Preakness Drink glasses.
The glasses change each year, but always have the Preakness Stakes name printed somewhere on the glass as well as the winners of all the previous races.
The Preakness glasses that I have were for the running of the 131st running of the race in 2006.
The slender glasses are not the only thing that changes with each year’s race.
Apparently, the recipe for the Black-eyed Susan cocktail changes also.
You see there are several drinks that claim the Preakness.
Why So Many Black-Eyed Susans?
The drinks of the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness have changed quite a few times over the years, in part due to changes in the official sponsors of the races.
And yet, the Mint Julep is so ingrained in the Kentucky Derby that it will never go away.
The Preakness regularly changes the “official cocktail,” though the name stays the same.
The first cocktail that took on the Black-Eyed Susan name combined rum and vodka with equal parts of orange and pineapple juices.
As you can see, I dressed them up a bit with a black bowtie, orange slice and red or green or both maraschino cherry.
And so the Pimlico glasses and the recipes change right along with the yellow daisies which have their centers painted black as I explained in this post.
Also in that previous post…there is yet another recipe called the Mellow Yellow brown-eyed daisy.
As you can see, I improvised on the decorations for the glasses.
I added the orange slice and red maraschino cherries and on a couple of them, I added a green maraschino cherry.
Just to mix it up a bit, because the trappings of the race are a bit mixed up on their own.
Have a great day.
- 1 part Makers Mark Bourbon Whiskey
- 1 part DeKuyper Peachtree
- 1 part Effen Vodka
- 2 parts orange juice
- 2 parts sour mix
- Garnish: orange slice and cherry
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain over crushed ice in a tall glass.
- Garnish with an orange and cherry.
- This recipe is measured in parts and it's very easy to adapt it to fit any glass size. For instance, to create a 7-ounce cocktail, pour 1 ounce of each liquor and 2 ounces each of the juice and sour mix.
- This pour should be the perfect amount for a single drink, though you can make it taller or shorter if you like.
- Just make sure to keep the ingredients in proportion to retain the balance of flavors.