Preakness 2015 Entertaining from Tim Laird: Cocktails and Appetizers


The Kentucky Derby may have the Mint Julep, but in Baltimore the Preakness Stakes 2015 is all about the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. Available for purchase at the race track and enjoyed by fans in their homes, the Black-Eyed Susan weaves in fresh, juice flavors and elderflower balanced out by Finlandia Vodka, the Official Vodka of the 140th Preakness Stakes.

Tim Laird, America’s CEO, has shared a few ideas of how to toast like you are at the track!  I’m including the recipes below as well as pics for you!!

About Tim LairdAmerica’s C.E.O., (Chief Entertaining Officer):

Tim Laird is an authority on wines and spirits with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. A connoisseur of fine wines, spirits and champagnes, Tim is also a gourmet chef and a master at entertaining and execution. He makes hundreds of appearances a year on radio and television programs and has appeared on The Today ShowThe CBS Early Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight ShowABC World News Now and the CNN, FOX News and CNBC networks. Tim also hosts three weekly television shows in his home state of Kentucky – Secrets of Bluegrass ChefsSecrets of Louisville Chefs Live and Secrets of Resort Chefs. He is a featured columnist for Louisville’s Food & Dining Magazine, author of the book, That’s Entertaining! With Tim Laird, America’s C.E.O. – Chief Entertaining Officer and the recently released, That’s Entertaining! Cocktails and Appetizers.

Preakness Entertaining with Tim Laird, America’s CEO – Chief Entertaining Officer

Black-Eyed Susan

1½ ounces Finlandia vodka

½ ounces St. Germain liqueur

2 ounces pineapple juice

¼ ounce lime juice

¾ ounce orange juice

Garnish with fresh orange slice. 

Crabby Mary Cocktail

Combine your favorite Bloody Mary Mix with Finlandia Vodka and serve in mini martini glasses.  Garnish with Maryland Lump Crab Meat and a celery stalk.

 Flowering Cheese Ball

Here is a clever and thematic presentation:  simply roll your favorite cheese ball in toasted black sesame seeds and serve with sliced yellow peppers fanned out in the shape of a Black-Eyed Susan.

 006_sm 002_sm

Our Preakness Party Host, Wendy Treinen, can also serve up party pleasers!

Grapefruit Crush:  A variety of crushes are available at the track throughout the race meet.

In a tall glass filled with crushed ice, mix:
2 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
½ fresh squeezed pink grapefruit

Top with lemon lime soda.
Garnish with wedge of grapefruit.