Beginning at 2 pm CST today, September 4, interested parties will be able to watch the Longines Kentucky Oaks racing events on NBCSN. The Longines is the premier race for three year old fillies (female horses). This feature race is a $1.25 million Grade 1 stakes race with the winner being awarded a garland of lilies. The race is set to run at 5:45 p.m. CST.
Established around the same time as the Kentucky Derby, it dates back to May 19, 1875 by the founder of the Kentucky Derby, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark.
On race day, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky is decorated pink in an effort to drive awareness and funds to support breast and ovarian cancer. As part of the Pink Out, Kentucky Oaks partners with the Breast Health Program at Norton Cancer Institute.
The official cocktail for the event is the Finlandia Oaks Lily (though I prefer Grey Goose).
Ingredients for two
1 part Finlandia® Vodka
1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
1/4 part Triple Sec
3 parts Cranberry Juice
Fill a stemless wine glass with crushed ice
Add in the ingredients and stir
Add a straw and garnish with blackberries and a lemon wedge
For the watch party by the pitcher
Serves 88 ounces Finlandia Vodka
8 ounces sweet and sour mix or lemonade
24 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce triple sec
4 ounces fresh water to make up for dilution of ice when hand-shaking or stirring
24 blackberries for garnish
Combine all ingredients. Pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with blackberries on skewers. Add sipping straws and enjoy.
Tip: This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until serving time.