Belmont Breeze

How to Make a Belmont Breeze

Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Rye Whiskey, Simple Syrup, Sherry, Soda Water
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Belmont Breeze Cocktail Recipe with rye whiskey
⅓ oz Lemon Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

1 oz Rye Whiskey

⅓ oz Simple Syrup

½ oz Sherry

Soda Water

1 Slice Lemon

1 Sprig Mint Leaf

1 Whole Strawberry

Ice Cubes

How to Mix a Belmont Breeze

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add lemon juice, orange juice, rye whiskey, simple syrup, and sherry. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add soda water. Garnish with lemon, mint, and a strawberry.

Recently, DeGroff updated the Belmont breeze recipe and it is just as tasty as the original. The Belmont breeze no. 2 features rye whiskey, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, and DeGroff’s own pimento bitters. It also skips the cranberry and syrup and opts for more orange juice.
As in the new recipe, feel free to top this one with club soda or lemon-lime soda (DeGroff recommends 7-Up) when serving it as a highball.
Similar to the mint julep, you can certainly muddle the mint and simple syrup and build this drink directly in the glass. Crushed ice is a good option as well.

Bourbon or rye whiskey, which should you choose? Really, either is a great option. This is especially true now that rye has made a comeback and many impressive brands are available again. Go with whatever you have in the bar or use this cocktail as an excuse to try something new.
Sherry is a Spanish style of fortified wine and it’s a fantastic addition to this drink. It’s interesting to note that in the new recipe, DeGroff switches from a medium-dry sherry to Pedro Ximenez, which is one of the sweetest. Either would make a good choice in this recipe. Amontillado and Oloroso are the richer varieties and well-suited for this Belmont breeze recipe. Fino will be the driest sherry you’ll find.
Pay attention while pouring each of the three fruit juices, particularly the orange and cranberry. This is not meant to be one of those tall, super-fruity cocktails like the madras or sea breeze. Instead, they’re mere accents that should not cover up the whiskey and sherry.
The same can be said about the amount of mint for the Belmont breeze. Where many mint cocktails (e.g., mojito and mint julep) typically use a “sprig” of mint, DeGroff is very specific. By using just five mint leaves, the drink retains a nice balance. Remember, it’s not necessarily a “mint cocktail,” it’s a “cocktail with mint.”

Perfect for a day at the race track, the Belmont breeze is a rather gentle cocktail. When made with an 80-proof whiskey, it has an alcohol content around 16 percent ABV (32 proof). That’s just slightly stronger than a glass of wine.

1 servings per container
Serving Size 1
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Monica Caserta

Editor and writer for Bad Bear Enterprises

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