The Original Oaks Lily

The Original Oaks Lily

This drink debuted at the 132nd Oaks Day in 2006 and was created by Tim Laird for Churchill Downs as the first signature drink of this prestigious race, run on the Friday before Derby Day. This drink now rivals the Mint Julep. The color of the drink emulates the Stargazer Lily, which is the flower in the prized blanket awarded to the winning horse of the Oaks Race known as the “Lilies for the Fillies.”


  • 1 ounce Finlandia vodka
  • 1 ounce lemonade
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Splash of triple sec
  • Squeeze of 1 lime wedge
  • 3 blackberries, for garnish


  • Combine the vodka, lemonade, cranberry juice, triple sec, and a squeeze of lime in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Stir the mixture, garnish with the blackberries, and serve.

Recipes are from the The Bourbon Country Cookbook and That’s Entertaining by Tim Laird, America’s CEO – Chief Entertaining Officer, both available on Amazon and in local bookstores.

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Reprinted with permission from That’s Entertaining! with Tim Laird, America’s CEO – Chief Entertaining Officer, Butler Books, 2010.