The crowd at the US Open loves aces, smashes, and rallies but my favorite thing from the Open is the The Honey Deuce – The US Open Signature Cocktail. Last year alone, 60,000 of them were consumed by thirsty fans. The cocktail is credited to New York mixologist Nick Mautone in 2007 and though now firmly associated with the Grey Goose family with stations all over the event, story has it that the first year it was made with Belvedere; not so catchy a name as the Grey Goose Honey Deuce for sure! The original recipe remains unchanged though and includes vodka, fresh lemonade and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur.
Light, refreshing and typically garnished with carved balls of honeydew melon; I’ve taken a bit different path but one I think many of you would love as much as I did. I may be taking on a giant leap of faith with purists but after receiving a bottle of Grand Marnier’s Signature line of liqueurs, a fantastic Raspberry Peach potion, I just knew I had to try it in the Honey Deuce in lieu of using standard Grand Marnier (which is fine if you can’t find the Raspberry Peach variety). Same lemonade if that counts but I used a favorite local vodka that is infused with honey to insure I keep the name real (the recipe just calls for a bit added to the vodka). To illuminate my switching it up I’ve got a raspberry garnish that quite frankly makes for a much prettier cocktail than honeydew; even if those greenish orbs from the original are supposed to look like tennis balls. This is way prettier AND tasty too; what I always strive for!
That Grand Marnier Raspberry and Peach business. Oh M Gee. If you love Grand Marnier at all you have got to find this stuff; seriously delish. Each year, Grand Marnier (a high-end orange brandy liqueur) releases a new flavored version as part of its Signature Collection Blend series. The first entry in the series was released in 2012 with Cherry and this year Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach will be released in September. A combination of European raspberries and red peaches from the Ardeche region in Southern France; the new fruit flavors are combined with the traditional orange essences and a blend of Cognacs aged in French oak barrels. Packaged in a clear glass bottle to show off its deep rose-amber tint; the Raspberry Peach is a gorgeous hue. The neck wrapper includes a nice list of suggested cocktails including a Cosmo that I promise you’ll see soon.
While nice on the rocks; I’m looking most forward to blending it with other cocktails that typically call for Grand Marnier; it will decidedly change the nature of those drinks and that should be fun to discover…want to join me?
Until then…let’s get back to Flushing Meadows…do you have a favorite to win?
The Raspberry Peach Honey Deuce – My Version of US Open’s Signature Cocktail
- 1.25 oz Vodka
- ¼ tsp honey
- Fresh lemonade
- .5 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry and Peach liqueur or premium raspberry liqueur if you want to make the original
- Raspberries for garnish The original calls for honeydew melon balls
- Chill a highball glass.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Mix the vodka and honey and put into the glass.
- Thread a straw with raspberries and place in glass
- Top with lemonade to just below the rim and then add the liqueur. Stir gently.
Just because…you might also scoot over to my friend Shanna’s blog ‘Pineapple and Coconut’ and check out her cocktail today; a VERY tropical blend with sweet and spicy and this really cute fruit I have never heard of. She was so sweet to include me in her post; I just want to show her some love back. Now go on…GO!