Maryland Beverage Recipes

Marylanders love these drinks. Horse racing's Preakness features the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. And no party in Maryland is complete without a Chesapeake Bloody Mary. But you have to try an Orange Crush - first made in Ocean City and now Baltimore's unofficial drink of summer - they're delicious!

Black-Eyed Susans
Courtesy A Thyme to Entertain Cookbook by Junior League of Annapolis

Easy - Serves 2

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce light rum
1/2 ounce Cointreau
6 ounces orange juice
3 ounces pineapple juice
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
2 pineapple slices

Combine the vodka, rum, Cointreau, orange juice, pineapple juice and line juice in a cocktail shaker and shake to mix well. Pour over ice in two tall glasses and garnish each with a pineapple slice.


Chesapeake Bloody Mary
Courtesy: Crabby Patty

1 46oz. can tomato juice
1 10.5oz. can beef broth
2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp. minced onion (dry)
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. celery seeds
1/4 tsp. hot sauce or to taste
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup vodka or to taste

Combine all ingredients except vodka. Stir well and chill 8 hours or overnight. Stir in vodka just before serving. Serve over ice with stick of celery. Makes 2 quarts. Tip: wet the rim of the serving glass and dip the rim in Old Bay Seasoning. This makes a nice (and spicy) presentation.


Baltimore Orange Crush
Courtesy Crabby Danny

This drink says summer in Maryland!

2 ounces Orange Vodka
1 ounce triple sec
Juice of 1 whole orange
splash of Sprite or other lemon lime soda
crushed ice - don't use cubes
orange slices for garnish

Fill a pint glass with crushed ice. Add vodka, triple sec, orange juice, top with Sprite and stir. Add a straw and garnish with an orange slice.

Fresh squeezed orange is essential.  Don't use store bought orange juice.

*** Variations: substitute Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur for the Triple Sec; use an equal amount of vodka and triple sec - a shot of each.


Humidity Killer in a Tall Glass
Courtesy My Favorite Maryland Recipes Cookbook by Helen Avalynne Tawes

Beat the heat with this refreshing beverage!

1 6oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
1 18oz. can pineapple juice, chilled
1 seedless orange

Put the limeade concentrate into a 1 1/2 quart pitcher. Add 3 cans of cold water and the pineapple juice and stir. Slice unpeeled orange in half. Slice halves into quarter inch slices. Fill tall glass with ice and pour in juice mixture. Put two orange half-rounds in each glass. Enjoy!