Sparkling Oaks Lily Cocktail

So I was in line at The Kentucky Derby to get a pink drink I’d seen going by called the Lily, as I was sick of the Mint Juleps. Sacrilegious at Churchill Downs, I know! A gentleman in line gave me a hot tip on a horse- #8. I left the long line for drinks for a shorter line to bet and bet $10 on Mage- the winning, long-shot horse. Yipee!

That part was good, but I never got my Oaks Lily cocktail, so I looked up the recipe and made it for myself for Mother’s Day. It’s pretty much a Cosmo, but served in a stemless wine glass and garnished with blackberries and a lemon wheel. I had pickled cranberries (which is more in keeping with the drink) but I realize most people don’t have these around. Regular cranberries would be too bitter and, of course, you could just skip the garnish. I also added Rose Prosecco, to make it a sparking drink.

Here’s the recipe, followed by a short video of me making the drink, shot by my daughter A.J. I’m wearing my Kentucky Derby baseball cap and Britto T-shirt. Please forgive my annoying voice and chubby cheeks. Like Popeye- “I y’am what I y’am!”

Sparkling Oaks Lily Cocktail

Course: CocktailDifficulty: Easy






  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • Ice

  • Garnish: Lemon wheel, 2 blackberries (optional)

  • Sparkling Rose Prosecco


  • Fill stemless wine glass with ice.
  • Add all ingredients and stir together.
  • If desired, top with Rose Prosecco.
  • Garnish with lemon wheel and skewered blackberries.

Recipe Video


  • Please don’t buy simple syrup! It’s so easy to make. Put qual parts water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. That’s it. Keeps in the fridge for a while.

A Cosmo by any other name would taste as sweet!

Up Next: Peanutty Dumpling Salad

Published by gleeguilford

Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of a pilot and stay-at-home Mom, I love food in all forms. My great grandfather opened the first Italian restaurant in Miami in the 20's, The Boathouse on the Miami river. I love exploring my heritage and linking food and recipes to personal stories. I've been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love and wrote restaurant reviews and news as the Miami Dining Examiner for three years. I love exploring Miami's latest hot spots, hole in the walls and institutions. I'm always looking for innovative ways to use the plethora of tropical fruits and vegetables South Florida offers, especially from my own garden.

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