According to Doug Ford of Cold Glass,
Historians tell us that George Backert, head barman at Baltimore’s Emerson Hotel, invented the Preakness Cocktail as a contest entry. It seems the Pimlico racetrack owners were looking for a good evening cocktail to serve at the first Preakness Ball in 1936, and Backert’s simple twist on the classic Manhattan won the honor of becoming the first official cocktail of the afterparty.
Combine all ingredients over ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an expressed orange peel. Serve.
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