The Grey Goose Oaks Lily is the official drink of The Kentucky Oaks, but this Lily Punch is will be the official drink of your Derby party!
This post is sponsored by Thorntons. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Derby or Oaks, it may seem like the Grey Goose Oaks Lily has been around since the Mint Julep. In actuality, it was only brought to the Oaks as it’s official drink in 2006. That’s only 11 years! I remember going to the Oaks in 2007 or 2008 and having my first Lily and loving every second of it. I decide to recreate increase the quantity of the original recipe to make a larger Lily Punch that you could serve to a crowd at your Derby or Oaks party. It has cranberry, vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. If bourbon’s not your jam, then this cocktail will definitely be up your street.
If you missed my last post, I shared a recipe for a Roasted Blackberry Mint Julep in honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby. I worked with Thorntons on that post to tell you about their limited time Derby products and I’ll be doing the same today!
At Thorntons, they have real cooks that prepare real hot food in a real kitchen, in about three minutes. That means that by the time the horses are finished running the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” and make it to the winner’s circle, you could have a hot on-the-go meal waiting for you at your local Thorntons.
This year, the Thorntons limited time offerings celebrate bourbon’s growing popularity and are designed to perfectly capture the spirit of Kentucky’s favorite time of the year. You may not think that you could visit somewhere like Thorntons and get a trendy item like a Bourbon Vanilla Latte, but you definitely can.
Not only does Thorntons have these LTOs available in-store, the Thorntons Bourbon Kitchen is hitting the road this Derby season in a food truck celebrating a trio of bourbon-inspired offerings: Bourbon Ball Donut, Bourbon Vanilla Latte, and Johnsonville’s BBQ Bourbon Sausage.
I’m kind of a coffee addict, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the Bourbon Vanilla Latte. Guys, I was SO pleasantly surprised. It combines two well-loved flavors – bourbon and vanilla – all in one latte. It’s definitely sweet, but the flavor is outstanding. It almost reminded me of a hot liquid bourbon marshmallow. Need I say more?
Johnsonville chef, Cole Hansen, was integral in the development of the BBQ Bourbon Sausage, combining a bold smoked sausage with a kick of bourbon and savory BBQ. Instead of sitting in the drive-thru on your lunch break, head to a Thorntons and check out this juicy sausage. You’ll be in and out with a hot meal and you’ll have time to spare.
Thorntons and Johnsonville have teamed up with local Louisville food artisan, founder of Bourbon Barrel Foods and developer of Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball donut flavor profile, Chef Matt Jamie, to bring bourbon to the forefront of your Derby party this year. If you love bourbon balls, you will go absolutely nuts for this donut. I was shocked at just how much bourbon flavor this donut had. You can never go wrong with a creme-filled donut, but this one beats them all. I seriously need a dozen. You can pre-order the Bourbon Ball Donuts by the dozen for all your party guests (available where Bourbon Ball Donuts are sold) by visiting your local Thorntons, but there’s a three-dozen minimum on all pre-orders. Don’t sleep on this, you need them for your Derby party.
Don’t forget to swing by Thorntons to stock up on their nugget ice to re-create this Lily Punch!
All of their limited time products are available for purchase now through May at your local Thorntons (the Bourbon Ball Donut is only offered at Thorntons stores in Louisville, Lexington, and southern Indiana).
- 9 oz Grey Goose Vodka
- 4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 4 oz Simple syrup
- 24 oz Cranberry juice
- 8 oz Orange liqueur
- Add all ingredients to a pitcher stir slowly. Fill each glass halfway with ice and garnish with a fresh blackberry and a slice of lemon.