Looking for a simple bourbon-based pomegranate cocktail with touch of lemonade, then try this Belmont Jewel Cocktail.
Belmont Stakes is the oldest and longest of the three classic horse races. Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes are the other two and constitute the Triple Crown of American horse racing. Belmont Stakes originated in 1867, and named after the financier, diplomat, and athlete August Belmont.
Does Belmont stakes have its own
Yes, they have two of them. One is The Belmont Breeze cocktail made with bourbon, sherry, orange, cranberry, and mint.
The Belmont Jewel, however, is simpler and made with fresh ingredients: Woodford Reserve bourbon, lemonade, and pomegranate.
Belmont Stakes' official drink has changed few times, and until 1997, the White Carination was the official drink. Then was replaced by Belmont Breeze in 1998, which taken by the Belmont Jewel.
How to make this Belmont Jewel Cocktail?
You need the following ingredients to make this delicious cocktail.
Bourbon : I used Jim Beam Bourbon. You can use your favorite bourbon in this recipe. Traditionally, Woodson Reserve Bourbon is used in this recipe.
Pomegranate Juice : I used pom. If you want, you can use freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.
Lemonade : I used homemade lemonade this way I can control the amount.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make this Belmont Jewel cocktail ?
This cocktail is a “shaken” one, so you need to shake everything in a shaker and serve with ice in an old-fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.
This cocktail taste tart, however, you can increase amount of sweetness in the lemonade to compensate it. Overall, it has sour, sweet taste.
Here are more Kentucky Derby cocktails
Mint Julep: another bourbon cocktail, Kentucky Derby Mint Julep made with fresh mints, mint simple syrup, and Bourbon.
If you like this cocktail here are few more cocktails with pomegranate.
Tips to make this Belmont Jewel Cocktail
Fresh lemonade gives more taste compared to store bought ones as it may have preservatives .
How strong this Belmont jewel cocktail?
It depends upon the type of bourbon you use in this recipe; it will vary depending upon the proof of bourbon . Usually, bourbon must be 80 proof, 40 percent ABV or higher, it typically runs between 80 and 100 proof. There are 100 proofs to be the traditional benchmark of a spirit. Also there are 125 proof bourbon, that is available.
This recipe used 80 proof bourbon.
Coming to cocktails, you can make so many diverse cocktails with bourbon. Whether you want something sweet and fruity or something drier and more traditional, there is something out there for everyone.
As bourbon has deep, distinct flavors which can really take your drink to the next level. When you think of bourbon-based cocktails it should not only for the taste, but also for the diversity. You can combine with fresh fruit juice to simple Coca-Cola.
Belmont Jewel Cocktail
- Measuring Jigger
- 1.5 oz. Bourbon
- 2 oz. Lemonade
- 1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
- Ice cubes divided
- Lemon Wheel for garnish
- Mix everything in a shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake well then strain it into old-fashioned glass with and garnish with lemon wheel.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.