The Kentucky Derby has the mint julep… and the US Open has the Honey Deuce!
Created by Grey Goose mixologist Nick Mautone in 2007, the tasty combination of vodka, lemonade, and raspberry liqueur has become the signature beverage of the tennis tournament.
Because it’s so hot in New York this time of year, Mautone decided to combine the vodka with lemonade to help quench spectators’ thirst, and the Chambord adds a delicious raspberry kick. The best part? The frozen honeydew melon balls that are used as a garnish. Resembling tennis balls, they remind us of what the US Open is really about (not that the food and beverages at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center aren’t wonderful on their own.)
As of the 2016 tournament, nearly a million (I know, right??) Honey Deuces had been sold since the cocktail’s inception but here’s how you can make it at home.
The Honey Duece
The Grey Goose and Chambord-filled Honey Deuce has been the event’s trademark drink for 11 years running.
Serves: 1 | Active time: 5 minutes | Total time: 5 minutes
3 oz Grey Goose Vodka
2 oz Fresh squeezed lemonade
1/2 oz Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
Frozen honeydew melons for garnish
1. Fill a chilled highball glass with ice and add Grey Goose vodka.
2. Top with lemonade and then add Chambord.
3. Garnish with skewer of frozen honeydew melon balls (NOTE: freeze the honeydew melon for a couple of hours beforehand, then use a melon baller to create the “tennis” balls.)
Even if you can’t make it out to Flushing Meadows, you can order the cocktail at a few Manhattan bars like the Haven Rooftop, the Dream Downtown, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 48 Lounge, Ascent Lounge, the Pierre, and the Four Seasons Hotel. So wherever you’re imbibing, you can still pretend you’re in the middle of Arthur Ashe Stadium sipping the US Open’s official drink.