I’ve made it clear that I am a big fan of the Mint Julep. Wanting to make it at home? Check out this post.
That said, there’s also a large amount of track-goers and Kentuckians that prefer the Oaks Lily®. In all honesty, I love it a lot, too!
The Lily®, which is the official drink of the Oaks (Friday at Churchill Downs), is a delicious vodka-based cocktail. It’s beautiful, too – vibrant prink – which is very fitting for the occasion. $1 from each Lily® cocktail sold on Kentucky Oaks Day is donated to Horses & Hope, which is an organization that increases breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment referrals among Kentucky horse industry workers and their families.
Also, in true Elle Woods fashion, attendees of the Kentucky Oaks are encouraged to wear pink.
A fantastic cause, a fabulous day, and a delicious drink — does it get better than that?
While the Lily® tastes better at Churchill Downs, if you don’t have the chance to make it to the races this year, serve it at your Oaks party at home!
The Oaks Lily®
1.5 oz Finlandia Vodka
1 oz. Lemonade
.25 oz Triple Sec
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
- Mix vodka, lemonade, triple sec, and cranberry juice together.
- Pour over a glass of crushed ice.
- Stir and enjoy (plus, if you like, add a blackberry or two into the drink)!
From my Kentucky Kitchen to yours, Happy Kentucky Derby Week!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is not a sponsored post; all opinions, as always, are my own.
PS: Looking for an after party on Oaks Night? Join me in keeping the party going at the 2019 Silks Bash, benefitting Operation Open Arms,Inc.! An open bar, a fantastic band, and food — what more could you want? Oh, and it’s at beautiful Locust Grove – Historic Locust Grove, Inc.
Operation Open Arms is a private, licensed foster agency providing homes for children whose mothers are incarcerated. Their mission is to provide a loving family environment for children, preparing them to become contributing members of society, rather than following their parents into incarceration.
Won’t you join me in partying for a fantastic cause?