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Oaks Lily

oaks lily cocktail with ice cubes and blackberry

Embark on a gastronomic adventure with the Oaks Lily, a cocktail that will transport you to a riot of flavor with just one sip. It’s a delightful option for those who are looking to try something new in the cocktail world. The Oaks Lily is an exceptional beverage because it has just the right amount of sugar, acidity, and citrus flavor. This cocktail is sure to put a grin on your face and make you eager for more.

Tasting Notes

The Oaks Lily is a delightful mix of sweet, tart, and cranberry flavors with a hint of citrus from the lemon. It’s the kind of drink that feels like a warm, sunny day in a glass. The vodka gives it a smooth kick, making it perfectly balanced. Every sip is like a refreshing wave of flavors that keeps you coming back for more.

Equipment and Glassware

To make an Oaks Lily, you don’t need fancy equipment. Just a cocktail shaker, some ice, and a stirrer. For glassware, a tall, slender glass called a highball glass is perfect. It makes the drink look as good as it tastes, showing off its beautiful pink color.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need for an Oaks Lily cocktail:

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 oz Cranberry juice
  • A splash of simple syrup
  • Lemon slice and a blackberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill your shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake well until everything is mixed and chilled.
  4. Strain the mix into your glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice and a blackberry on top.
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Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the simple syrup based on how sweet you like your drink.
  • For an extra touch, rim your glass with sugar before pouring the drink.

When to Serve

The Oaks Lily is perfect for spring and summer days, especially during brunches or afternoon gatherings. It’s also a great choice for celebrating special occasions or just when you want to enjoy a refreshing and elegant drink.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Oaks Lily, go for a smooth, high-quality vodka. Brands like Absolut, Ketel One, or Grey Goose will make your cocktail shine. For the orange liqueur, Cointreau or Grand Marnier adds the perfect touch.

Similar Cocktails

If you love the Oaks Lily, here are five similar cocktails to try:

  1. Cosmopolitan – another cranberry and citrus delight.
  2. Sea Breeze – a refreshing cranberry and grapefruit mix.
  3. Cape Codder – share cranberry and citrus flavors for a tart refreshment.
  4. Lemon Drop Martini – for those who love a citrus twist.
  5. French Martini – a fruity blend with a hint of raspberry.

History

The Oaks Lily cocktail was created for the Kentucky Oaks horse race, making it a cousin to the famous Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby. It quickly became a favorite, celebrated for its refreshing taste and beautiful color.

FAQs

Can I make it non-alcoholic?
Absolutely! Just skip the vodka and orange liqueur, and you’ve got a delicious mocktail.

Is it very sweet?
It’s perfectly balanced, but you can adjust the sweetness with the simple syrup.

Can I use lime instead of lemon?
Yes, lime works too, but lemon gives it the classic Oaks Lily taste.

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Enjoy making and sipping your Oaks Lily cocktail! It’s a drink that’s sure to impress and refresh anyone who tries it.

oaks lily cocktail with ice cubes and blackberry

Oaks Lily

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making an Oaks Lily cocktail is quite easy and requires only a few ingredients. Here are the steps to make this delicious drink:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 oz Cranberry juice
  • A splash of simple syrup
  • Lemon slice and a blackberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill your shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake well until everything is mixed and chilled.
  4. Strain the mix into your glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice and a blackberry on top.

Notes

If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add a splash of simple syrup to the mixture. You can also substitute the vodka with Grey Goose to give the drink a smoother taste.

The Oaks Lily cocktail is a fruity and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion. It is often compared to the Cosmopolitan due to its pink color and fruity taste. One serving of this drink contains approximately 190 calories, so it's important to consume in moderation.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

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