This Oaks Lily Cocktail is the unsung cocktail hero of Churchill Downs

Southern Kitchen
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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. A slightly sweeter riff on a cosmopolitan, tart cranberry juice keeps this drink from teetering too far into saccharine territory. 

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

Serves: 1

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Ice

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

Instructions

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.