The Belmont Jewel cocktail was first featured in Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo R. Ensslin, published in 1917. It was made with a combination of gin, sweet vermouth, Cointreau and pineapple juice. It is shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.
However, the name and composition of the official drink for the Belmont Stakes have changed thrice times in the previous 11 years. The official drink was changed to what it is now – the Belmont Jewel – in 2012. The new drink, which is made with bourbon, pomegranate juice, and lemonade and topped with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist, is not only easier to create than the previous cocktails, but the ingredients are also fresh and ideal for this lovely spring day at the races.
2 ounce Gin
¾ ounce half-and-half
¼ ounce Raspberry Syrup
1. Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
2. Serve in a Cocktail Glass.