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Oaks Lily Cocktail

When you think of cocktails to enjoy at a horse race, the oaks lily cocktail might not jump to the front of your mind. However, that notion might be about to change. Read on to learn more about this drink and how best to enjoy it at the track.

What is the Oaks Lily Cocktail?

The oaks lily cocktail comes from Kentucky and is a popular drink at one of the famous race tracks there. Most people are familiar with the popularity of the Kentucky Derby and the mint juleps that onlookers sip during the race. But this cocktail serves as an alternative.

In the next section, we will describe the history of this drink and its lesser-known association with horse racing. But for now, we’ll stick to the basics of the oaks lily cocktail.

The oaks lily cocktail is a refreshing cocktail that has a lovely color. That color is a bright reddish pink that matches the stargazer lilies that inspired the name of this drink.

An oaks lily has vodka as its base but also includes several fruit juices that add to its refreshing character. Now that you have a quick idea of what this drink tastes like let’s dive into its origin story.

History of the Oaks Lily Cocktail

The Kentucky Derby is perhaps the most well-known race in the country. Each year it takes place at Churchill Downs, where thousands of spectators enjoy mint juleps.

What you might not know is that there is a horse race that takes place at the same venue just one day before the Kentucky Derby. That race is called the Kentucky Oaks, and it comes with its own iconic beverage.

The drink that pairs with the Kentucky Oaks is the oaks lily cocktail. Interestingly, this drink matches the color of the garland that the race winner wears. Both the Kentucky Oaks and the oaks lily cocktail are less famous than the Kentucky Derby and the mint julep, but that does not mean they are less enjoyable.

If you are thinking about heading down to the Kentucky Oaks race, you might as well get acquainted with the beverage you will enjoy while watching. One of the best ways to do that is to make it for yourself. Below, you can learn how.

Ingredients in the Oaks Lily Cocktail

Now that you know a little more about the oaks lily, you might be interested in giving it a try. Before you do, you will need to collect these ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces of vodka
  • ½ ounce of orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces of cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • Lemon wedge
  • Blackberries

How to Make the Oaks Lily Cocktail

After collecting your ingredients, all that is left to do is combine them. Here is what it takes to mix an oaks lily cocktail:

  • Add all liquid ingredients into a highball glass
  • Add ice to the glass until it is full
  • Stir gently to mix all ingredients
  • Skewer blackberries and lemon wedge as a garnish

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