The start of summer just isn’t the same without the Triple Crown races. It feels downright unnatural not being able to show up to a local Derby Party looking like a colorblind Mr. Moneybags or wear a garish yellow sundress you only break out once a year. Even though those extravagant Derby hats are great social-distancing tools, the coronavirus pandemic has made the Triple Crown races impossible to hold in their traditional form.
The Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 4, the Preakness to October 3, and the Belmont Stakes — typically the last of the Triple Crown races — until June 20 (without crowds). But just because you can’t go to the racetrack in person doesn’t mean you can’t pour one out for the Triple Crown at home and get in the spirit for when the races eventually resume.
Each race has an official signature cocktail that’s designed to make you seriously consider donning a striped purple suit and staking your last student loan payment on a horse with a cool name. They are, without a doubt, the most popular cocktails in horse racing.