The Honey Deuce – US Open Signature Cocktail

The Honey Deuce - Wimbledon's Signature Cocktail

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.

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The Honey Deuce from the US Open with Raspberry and Peach Grand Marnier |

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!

The Honey Deuce - Wimbledon's Signature Cocktail

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.

The Honey Deuce - Wimbledon's Signature Cocktail

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 Honey Deuce - Wimbledon's Signature Cocktail

The Raspberry Peach Honey Deuce – My Version of US Open’s Signature Cocktail

Creative Culinary
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Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 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.
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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!

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  1. I will try this recipe. I got a free sample of this new signature collection when I bought Grand Marnier , and I did not think it would be great in a margarita. So I was searching for recipes and found this pretty drink. I’m not a raspberry fan though.

    1. It’s a great cocktail for the spectator sport of watching tennis! Have one before summer is over; it’s terrific.

  2. Barb, I credit you for turning me on to this honey vodka you used in this Raspberry Peach Honey Deuce. I fell in love with it after using it to make the Denver Donkey (my fave!). I’m frantically searching my local liquor stores in Chicago for this Grand Marnier before it’s gone! I cannot wait to make this drink once I get my hands on a bottle!

    1. Isn’t that a great vodka…such a subtle but delicious honey flavor. The Grand Marnier is available supposedly in September Liz…I don’t know if that means tomorrow but it should just be coming into stores; it is amazing!

    1. Hmm, sounds like a movie! Wait til next Friday; there will be a cocktail from a book I got from this guy I know and it has Aperol in it. Hmm, wonder what book that would be hmm?

  3. Those US Open Fans are a thirsty crowd all right. I’m sure they would all enjoy your version of the traditional cocktail. This latest flavour of Grand Marnier sounds so good. For some reason now I’m looking forward to September 🙂

    1. Well, it’s hard work ‘watching’ tennis Paula! I haven’t played in years; probably never will either with my bad knee so the least I can do is drink the favored drink, right?

  4. I’ve never had a Honey Deuce – sounds like a fun drink. I know someone who’s a tennis nut, so I know who’ll I’ll be making this for! The Grand Mariner Signature stuff sounds excellent. 😉

    1. That would be perfect; I’m watching a couple of matches with friends and I know this will be made so we can pretend we are right there!

  5. I didn’t know the U.S. Open had an official drink- I’ve been missing out! Your version is very pretty with the raspberries. I guess the honeydew might look like tennis balls but that’s a stretch! I’ll stick with your creation.

    1. I wondered if that’s what they were going for with the honeydew but truth is and I’ve admitted it before; my inspiration often comes from my fridge. I had raspberries and I love them and well, the liquor has them so I did it. I didn’t feel like going shopping for one melon that I needed four spherical shapes for. 🙂

    1. It’s just coming out in September Lizzy so you’re not alone! They’re doing these annual special flavors and this is the one for this year. Very good cocktail; the kind I love…light and cold and refreshing.

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