After partaking in this refreshing punch based on the Kentucky Derby Oaks Lilly, you may have a bad reputation. This cocktail will sneak up on you, especially on a hot Derby-watching day.
“The Kentucky Oaks takes place at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby. Rather than simply doubling up on juleps, the race serves its own signature cocktail to attendees. The light, refreshing drink takes its inspiration from the Cosmopolitan and features vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. So, it’s everything you want on a warm day.
The cocktail’s pink hue is a nod to the garland of stargazer lilies placed on the race’s winning filly, as well as the race’s association with breast cancer awareness. To support the cause, attendees often don pink attire, from suits and dresses to elaborate hats, and selflessly order Oaks Lillies throughout the day.”
In the Cuss Kitchen version of this classic drink was of course to make it a
bitch, I mean BATCH style drink. We also opted for our new favorite vodka, 5 Sisters. 5 Sisters Spirit Vodka is locally distilled in Florida and includes a secret ingredient that they import from Ireland. And you know how us Irish know our liquors…. this sh*t is GOOD. So much so that we broke up with TITO (aka Titos Vodka).
This “traditional” drink for the Kentucky Derby was a great addition to our CK Derby Party – as well as our Bitchin’ Barb’s Hot Brown Casserole!
Kentucky Derby Weekend Cocktail – Lusty Lilly
- 24 oz Cranberry Juice
- 8 oz Lemonade (like minute maid)
- 8 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 10 oz Vodka (we used 5 Sisters)
- 1 pint Blackberries (garnish)
- 2 Lemons (sliced - garnish)
- Combine cranberry, lemonade, orange liqueur, and vodka in a pitcher
- Serve over ice, and garnish with blackberries and a lemon slice.