Oaks Lily Cocktail

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 1

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes



1 ounce vodka

½ ounce orange liqueur

½ ounce simple syrup (See Notes)

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

3 ounces cranberry juice

Lemon wedges, for serving

Fresh blackberries, for serving


Fill a Collins or highball glass with ice. Add vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup and cranberry juice, then stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a fresh blackberry. Serve.

About the recipe

The unsung cocktail hero of Churchill Downs, the Oaks Lily is perfect for those who may not be in the mood for a mint julep. The cocktail is a slightly sweeter riff on a cosmopolitan; however, the sweetness is tempered by the tartness of the cranberry juice.

Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make at home. Just combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Cool and store until ready to use.