For nearly a century, Kentucky Derby fans have celebrated Kentucky Derby Day and raised a toast to the winner with a frosty Mint Julep. In 2006 Kentucky Oaks fans were given the same opportunity with the introduction of the "Grey Goose® Oaks Lily®." The signature cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks is bright pink in color, fitting perfectly with the theme of the day.
Each year the historic racetrack is decorated in pink bunting and the more than 100,000 guests are asked to prominently incorporate pink into their attire in an effort to raise funds and drive national attention to the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. Furthermore, $1 from every Oaks Lily sold on Kentucky Oaks Day is donated to Horses & Hope, which is a regional organization that increases breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referrals among Kentucky horse industry workers and their families.
If you are coming to the track, be sure to try the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks. If you will be celebrating from home, use this Grey Goose® recipe to make your own!
The Grey Goose® Oaks Lily® Recipe
- 1 1/4 oz. GREY GOOSE® Vodka
- 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
- 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Once the ingredients are mixed, place the pinkish cocktail in an Official Oaks Lily® glass (stemless wine glass) with crushed ice, add a straw and garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge.