Tuesday, June 29, 2021

TikTok Tuesday: The Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail

By Molly Cuddy

For a garden media event we attended last Tuesday at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County, we decided to make a cocktail inspired by the Maryland State Flower, the Black-Eyed Susan. We were inspired by this recipe, but switched up a few ingredients of the drink to make it closer to the "Official Drink of the Preakness" version.

For our recipe, you’ll need:

  • Vodka

  • St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

  • Lime juice (fresh-squeezed, if you have it)

  • Orange juice, mixed with pineapple juice

  • Maraschino cherries for a garnish

You can check out our TikTok video here to see how we make this drink. We didn’t use any exact measurements, but it still turned out wonderfully and everyone enjoyed the drink.

For anyone who may not be 21, or for those who don’t/can’t drink, we also crafted a non-alcoholic version of this drink. Add the orange juice and lime juice, and top it with some club soda. And make sure to garnish it with a cherry!

Hopefully, in the future, we’ll have some more flower-inspired cocktail recipes we can post! Until then, enjoy the Black-Eyed Susan and let us know if you try it.  

About the Author Molly Cuddy is a journalism major at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an intern this summer with Washington Gardener. She is also a campus tour guide and will be a teaching assistant for a professional writing class next semester.

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