Belle Vodka’s August Victory Drink of the Month: Belle Margarita

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Victory Drink of the MonthBelle Vodka’s Belle Margarita, the ideal winner’s circle cocktail!

The Race: Whitney Stakes

The Venue: Saratoga Race Course

The Date: Aug. 3

The Winner: McKinzie

The Toast: If there ever was a weekend to celebrate what horse racing means to American culture, it was Whitney weekend 2019. Horse racing’s royalty descended upon Saratoga Springs for three days of ceremonies, stakes races, and parties, many of them honoring Marylou Whitney, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, two weeks after she passed at age 93. McKinzie stormed home to a dominant win in the historic race named after Marylou Whitney and the late C.V. Whitney, cementing his status as the top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Watch a race replay and read the recap here.

After the Race: Don’t get the dwindling weeks of summer get you down! It’s time to head south of the border – mentally, at least – and enjoy Belle Vodka’s unique take on the ever-popular margarita (background music optional).

What’s Next: The 150th Mid-Summer Derby is less than two weeks away! We’re heading back to Saratoga for the Runhappy Travers Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 24, which headlines what is traditionally the biggest day of racing at the venerable venue. Top 3-year-olds such as Maximum Security and Tacitus are targeting the Travers, and the results of that race should go a long way in determining just which horse will be favored to win the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old champion male. The Travers will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports.

The Ingredients:

3 ounces of Belle Vodka

2 ounces fresh orange juice

1 ounce of simple syrup

1 tablespoon of orange liqueur

Juice of 1 lime

Slice of lime

Slice of orange

How to Make It:

Fill shaker with ice

Add vodka, orange juice, simple syrup and orange liqueur

Shake 30 seconds

Rim edge of martini glass

Strain mixture into glass

Garnish with lime and orange slices

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