For those of you who don’t know me, let me just say that I reeeeeeeeally love the Kentucky Derby. Everything from the race itself, to the fashions, traditions and yes, cocktails make me almost giddy. Since the race is this weekend, it was a no-brainer as to what to showcase for my recipe this week. The surprise element? It’s NOT a mint julep!
Mint Juleps are great, and tradition, but today is Friday which means it’s not actually Derby Day… today is the Kentucky Oaks which is the race run the Friday before. And did you know? They have their own signature cocktail and, in my humble opinion, it tastes better than a julep ever will. When I was lucky enough to attend both the Oaks and the Derby in 2012, I definitely enjoyed more of these babies than anything else. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lily: 1 1/4 oz Grey Goose vodka
1 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
1/4 oz Triple Sec
3 oz Cranberry Juice
(taken straight from the official recipe)
Mix ingredients together either by pouring and stirring or using a shaker. Pour into a glass and garnish with a few blackberries and a lemon wedge. There’s also a short cut way to just mix 1 oz vodka with 4 oz of cosmopolitan mix, but that seems less fun and tasty. How appropriate though, that I even had an extra Kentucky State Love glass lying around!
It’s seriously so delicious I recommend making an entire pitcher’s worth if you’re going to have more than a couple of people enjoying these. You’ll definitely need that much! Also… if you’re jealous of the Derby sign in my photo, head over to Hostess With the Mostest Blog for all of the outrageously adorable and completely FREE printables your heart can download. They will definitely be the perfect finishing touch to any party.
Now, I’m off to place my wagers for tomorrow’s big race… CAN. NOT. WAIT.
Cheers and they’re off!