Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. As the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby nears, it can only mean one thing – time for Mint Julep Cocktails. But, no Derby would be complete without the running of the Kentucky Oaks the day before.

The Kentucky Oaks is a race reserved exclusively for the fillies. And no Oaks Day would be complete with its signature cocktail, the Oaks Day Lily Cocktail. Historically, around 85,000 Oaks Lilys are served each year at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Oaks - Lillies for the Fillies
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Emulating the mantle of Stargazer Lilies draped across the winning filly of each year’s Kentucky Oaks race, the Oaks Lily cocktail is a vibrant celebration of one of the oldest continuously contested sporting event held at its original site since conception, along with the Kentucky Derby. Featuring vodka and a luminous pink color, the signature drink is the perfect accessory to the fashion and allure of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

The Day Oaks Lily Cocktail

Finlandia Vodka Oaks Lily lifestyle
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    • 1 ¼ oz. Vodka
    • 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
    • ¼ oz. Triple Sec
    • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice


  • Combine ingredients over crushed ice.
  • Tastes best when made in an Official Oaks Lily souvenir glass. (Optional.)
  • Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon peel.

Happy Oaks Day, Enjoy!

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“Finlandia is thrilled to return as the Official Vodka of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, and as an important ingredient in the original Oaks Lily cocktail recipe, we’re honored to be a true testament of the tradition and craft of the Kentucky Derby.” said Finlandia Vodka Brand Manager Dallas Cheatham.

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