The day before Derby is known as Oaks Day, and the Oaks race is the big race for female horses. People get all done up in lots of pink, and there’s a big fashion show, and it’s a super fun day! And just like the Derby has the Mint Julep, the Oaks has the Lily. In my personal opinion, the Lily is a far superior drink to the Mint Julep. It’s cranberry juice, vodka, triple sec, and sweet and sour. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough.
If I’m going to make a Mint Julep dessert, I definitely needed to make a Lily dessert. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this recipe ready to go in time for Derby, but guys, this is a light and fruity SPIKED cupcake. This is perfect all spring and summer long. Especially for Mother’s Day!
I’ve seen a lot of floral Mother’s Day recipes, and they all look so delicious and beautiful, but I feel like moms can always use a little bit of booze. Or a lotta bit. I mean, I don’t really know, I only have fur-children.
This recipe uses both cranberry juice and canned, jellied cranberry sauce to really enhance the cranberry flavor. You could even add a little bit of food coloring to make it pinker and really get into the spirit!
Happy drinking! … I mean, Happy Mother’s Day!