Breeders’ Cup: Make the Official Cocktail and Cupcake

11/01/2013 at 12:49 PM ET

Breeders Cup Cocktail and Cupcake Recipes
Courtesy Breeders Cup

The spirit of competition should have you racing for the kitchen.

The Breeders’ Cup horse racing world championships take place at Santa Anita Park in L.A. on Nov. 1 and 2. Off the track, though, lucky (and some not-so-lucky) guests will be sipping on the event’s signature citrus-spiked cocktail and snacking on Goodie Girls’ pumpkin-pancake cupcakes in the Artisanal Food Court.

If you can’t snag one at the track this weekend, whip them up at home. You can bet these recipes will be a big hit with your race fans.

The Classic
Makes 1

1.5 oz. vodka
.5 oz. elderflower liqueur
1.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Club soda
Mint leaves, for garnish

Combine the vodka, liqueur and grapefruit juice, and pour into an ice-filled glass. Top off with a splash of club soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Pumpkin Pancake Cupcakes
Makes 12

1½ cups all-purpose flour ­
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda ­
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs ­
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup solid packed, canned pumpkin puree
Maple frosting (recipe below)
Toasted pecans­, garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with 12 paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground spices, and salt.

3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree, in three sections.

4. With an ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners evenly with the batter about ¾ full. Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

5. Once cool, frost your cupcakes. Garnish with another small drizzle of maple syrup and a handful of toasted pecans.

Maple Frosting
1 pound of unsalted butter
5-6 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup
Dash of salt

1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and salt. Sift 3 cups of powdered sugar and add to the butter with the mixer on low. Mix until smooth and creamy on medium speed. Add the maple syrup and continue to mix until well incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar with the mixer on low. Mix until you reach a creamy consistency but do not over mix as you don’t want to incorporate too much air to reach a silky consistency.

2. Your frosting should be able to hold its shape in the bowl. If it is still too soft, add an additional cup of powdered sugar until you reach your desired piping consistency.

—Dahvi Shira

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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