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In 1997 I set out to invent a great whiskey punch, I wanted a spirit that had significance to New Yorkers, so I chose rye whiskey, since New York has always been a big rye town. Rye was one of the first spirits to be distilled in quantity in America and by none other than George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. I also wanted a drink that would appeal to a wide audience, so I introduced the sherry to temper the Rye: I finished with a combo that forms the base of the most popular drinks in the last ten years, cranberry and citrus. I chose seasonal strawberry and mint as garnish, with a squeeze of lemon to cut the sweet. The NYRA loved my idea of a special whiskey cocktail for the Belmont that would appeal to a wider audience. The Belmont Breeze was thus born, and has been served at the Triple Crown Race every year since with great success!

The Belmont Breeze*
Original drink of the Belmont Stakes
Here is Dale's latest update on the original he created in 1997:

1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey   
0.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry 
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice 
1 oz. fresh orange juice 
1 dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters (available at...)
4 mint leaves
1 mint sprig
1 orange slice

Preparation: Assemble the first six ingredients in a goblet filled with ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig and an orange slice.
Optional: top with Soda and / or 7UP. 

Mint Julep
2 ounces Bourbon ( Bulleit, Makers, or Knob Creek)
0.5 ounce simple syrup
2 sprigs of Mint

Muddle sprig of mint in bottom of a highball glass with sugar syrup.  Add bourbon and fill with crushed ice. Swirl with bar spoon until outside of the glass frosts. Garnish with mint sprig.

Rosie's Day*
*Dale DeGroff created this in 2013 in honor of
Rosie Napravnik, first female jockey to ride all
three legs of the Triple Crown.

1.5 oz (30ml) Hendrick's Gin
1.5 oz (30ml) Lillet Rouge
0.5 oz (15ml) Fresh lemon/lime Juice
0.25 oz (8ml) simple Syrup (1 to 1 ratio)
2 dashes Dale's Pimento Bitters

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an edible flower.


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The Belmont Breeze

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Mint Juleps with Mike Tenier,
Dale DeGroff, and Tony Gold

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