Belmont Breeze

Dale DeGroff's Belmont Breeze Cocktail

Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff created the Belmont breeze in 1997 and it became the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. The recipe replaced the white carnation and has since been replaced by the Belmont jewel. In no way does that take away from the greatness of this cocktail, either.

The Belmont breeze is a fun and lightly fruity cocktail with a bourbon and sherry base. It’s easy to mix up and is a cocktail that you can enjoy beyond a day of watching the horses.


  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the whiskey, sherry, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange juice, cranberry juice, and mint leaves.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a cocktail glass or a highball glass over fresh ice.

  5. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and orange peel or slice.

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