The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, launches the second season of Cocktails & Conversation today (Thursday, April 1) at 6 p.m. ET via Breeders’ Cup’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. The weekly virtual happy hour series will feature horse racing’s leading personalities each Thursday, hosted by Britney Eurton and Nick Luck of NBC Sports with renowned mixologist and creator of Breeders’ Cup’s official cocktails Mark Tubridy.
Eurton, Luck, and Tubridy will kick off the first episode and then in subsequent weeks will be joined by special guests from the horse racing industry, as well as appearances from stars of the sports and entertainment worlds. Throughout the show, Tubridy will host cocktail-mixing segments featuring two unique cocktails, one made using Makers’ Mark bourbon, that guests can make at home.
This week’s cocktails, paying tribute to the returning co-hosts, are perfect for sipping in springtime. The first is The Eurton, which is a lighter bourbon-focused cocktail featuring Makers’ Mark, Cointreau, lemon juice, blackberry jam and a sprig of rosemary. The second cocktail, The Luck, is a variation of the pre-prohibition classic, The Clover Club, and is made with London Dry Gin, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, raspberries and an egg white.
In addition to the cocktail mixing segment, the broadcasts will feature conversational interviews with special guests, who will offer their insightful perspectives and thoughts on daily life, the latest developments in sports and horse racing, as well as other everyday topics. Fans will be able to submit questions via social media for hosts and guests to answer during the broadcast for a uniquely interactive experience. Throughout the cocktail hour, viewers will be encouraged to donate to industry workers and communities in need through the official Breeders' Cup website.
All donations generated from Cocktails & Conversation are wholly donated to the following organizations benefitting the horse racing and hospitality industries:
- Race Track Chaplaincy of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the horse racing community through social services, food and clothing banks and educational workshops.
- USBG National Charity Foundation, which supports bartenders, barbacks and bar servers throughout the nation who have been financially impacted by restaurant and bar shutdowns as a result of the health crisis.
- Restaurant Workers Relief Program, a project jointly formed by Maker’s Mark and the Lee Initiative that has transformed restaurants in major cities into relief centers that offer food and supplies to affected hospitality workers.
To learn more about the virtual happy hour series, watch past episodes and to support those in need, please visit BreedersCup.com/Convos.