Posts tagged GREY GOOSE
Winter Well Lived With The Grey Goose Family
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Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I had the chance to be reunited with my Grey Goose family again. This time we headed to the mountains to enjoy the wintery slops and of course a lot of Grey Goose drinks. The family was very excited and we all really enjoyed being together again. We had the opportunity to do some ski, enjoy the local food and do some spa. This time I will let pictures talk instead of me. Take a look at the following pictures and drink responsibly.

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Le Logis: The Home Of Grey Goose in France
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Tucked away in the heart of the renowned Cognac region is Le Logis – the 17th-century country manor that Grey Goose calls home. This region is not only famous for producing the world’s finest wines and spirits, but it’s also where the maître de chai (cellar master), François Thibault, was born and raised. The estate was restored and renovated from the ground up, with special care taken to preserve its historic significance inside and out. Comfortable, contemporary and chic, Le Logis has 14 elegant bedrooms, a salon, dining room, open-house kitchen, patio, outdoor swimming pool, poolside BBQ and cocktail bar. A series of specially designed immersive spaces bring the production of GREY GOOSE to life. From field to bottle, each space reveals a part of our unique story. Last week I had the chance to travel to Le Logis all the way from Greece and live a true unique experience with the best team ever. Grey Goose always hosts the best events, but this time was something unexpected and out of a dream.

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It was during our welcome dinner of passable French cuisine, when our glasses were filled with white-, red- and rosé-coloured vodka cocktails rather than wine as expected (perhaps sourced from one of the many vineyards that directly enveloped us), that our group agreed that something special was about to happened the next 2 days. Next day a two-hour morning induction into the development of the brand and the drink’s manufacturing process included a tasting of a number of Grey Goose spirits flavoured with fruits was waiting us. I had the chance to learn everything about the world’s most tasteful vodka. The whole group was so focused and impressed about the innovation, the passion and love that is behind the Grey Goose production. A fun bread-making class allowed us to get tactile with the flour used in the vodka’s production and to make a fun break between the cocktails and the photoshoots.

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The Ultimate Summer Cocktail Recipe
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Long, refreshing and effortlessly extraordinary, Le Grand Fizz is an elegant mix of GREY GOOSE® Vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and soda water. Built over ice in a wine glass, it’s the ultimate summer serve.

INGREDIENTS

  • 35 ml GREY GOOSE VODKA
  • 25 ml St-Germain® Elderflower Liqueur
  • 10 ml Freshly Squeezed Lime (Approx. Half A Lime)
  • 3 Wedges Fresh Lime
  • 50 ml Chilled Soda Water

HOW TO MAKE THE 'LE GRAND FIZZ'

  • Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice.
  • Add GREY GOOSE® Vodka and St-Germain® elderflower liqueur.
  • Then squeeze fresh lime and discard.
  • Top with chilled soda water.
  • Stir and garnish with lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.
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Summer Rooftop Parties
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If we know one thing for sure, it's that summer is the best time to party. And what better than to throw a summer rooftop party?

The only things that you have to think about are: the music, the guest and of course the drinks!

Music: the worst thing that it can happened is to have dead music in your party! Choose songs that are hot and you can set your party on fire! 

The guests: Spending your night with just your beloved one or with your friends or even with 200 guests it depends on you. Just choose the right ones for you. 

Drinks: Probably the most important thing when it comes to parties! Drinks must be fine and well made! Vodka is the it summer drink and it will help you also make various cocktails. I choose Grey Goose because it is the most tasteful vodka out there and my favorite cocktail at the moment is the ''Le Grand Fizz''.  

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LE CITRON BLOODY MARY
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Fresh tomato juice and a rich combination of spices are a zesty complement to the Menton lemon flavour of GREY GOOSE® Le Citron.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 50 ml Grey Goose® Le Citron
  2. 100 ml Premium Organic Tomato Juice
  3. 25 ml fresh lemon juice
  4. 5 ml Worcestershire Sauce
  5. 5 ml Dashes of hot sauce
  6. Pinch Fleur De Sel
  7. Pinch Cracked Black Pepper

HOW TO MAKE THE 'LE CITRON BLOODY MARY' COCKTAIL

  1. Build ingredients in a Boston glass.
  2. Top with cubed ice.
  3. Roll the cocktail by pouring it back and forth between Boston glass and tin.
  4. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with fresh cut celery, cracked black pepper and sprigs of aromatic herbs.
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THE GREY GOOSE MARTINI COCKTAIL
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The Grey Goose Martini Cocktail is probably one of the best summer cocktails out there. Summery, fresh and elegant will be your partner in crime during summer nights on the islands.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 50 ml GREY GOOSE VODKA
  2. 10 ml NOILLY PRAT® Original French Dry Vermouth
  3. Dash orange bitters

HOW TO MAKE THE VODKA MARTINI COCKTAIL

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into a Martini glass.

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How to Make a Vodka Martini
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The vodka martini itself is a fine drink—icy, refreshing, smooth. What it isn't, however, is a martini. Those you make with gin. In fact, the vodka version used to have a name of its own, the Kangaroo. That never really caught on. Then it was the Vodkatini. But who's going to say that? Now, of course, it's calling itself "martini," without a prefix. Such, we suppose, is the right of a conqueror. Here's how to properly make one, shaken, with French vermouth. Bond would approve. 

INGREDIENTS

  1. 3 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
  2. 1 tsp. French vermouth

DIRECTIONS

  1. Shake the ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with a twist (or with olives).

Truth be told, we find the vodka martini much improved by a dash of orange bitters. Up to you.

Everything You Need to Build Your First Home Bar
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ROCKS GLASSES

Use rocks glasses when you want to muddle ingredients in the serving glass, and as a general rule for drinks served over ice balls or cubes. Aim for 6 to 8 fl. oz. If you think you need a double, it means you're drinking two cocktails at a time. Ice melts too quickly for that and dilutes the drink beyond what recipes intend, so buy a single and make the second drink when number one is gone. Cocktails are meant to be enjoyed quickly, after all. Example drinks: Old-Fashioned, Bramble, Negroni.

COLLINS GLASSES

The Collins glass is so closely related to the Highball glass, which is slightly wider and squatter, that you only need one or the other. Because drinks fit for a Collins or Highball glass are served with lots of crushed ice, these should hold 10 to 12 fl. oz. 

BAR SPOON

Sometimes used as a measurement for syrupy ingredients–e.g. “one bar spoon of pomegranate syrup”–its main purpose is to stir drinks; 30 cm is the standard length for your standard-sized mixing glass. Too short and your sleeve cuffs will be taking alcohol baths, too long and you'll look like Pee-wee Herman mixing a drink.

ICE-MAKING

Unless you're using a mallet and ice pick to chip your own cubes, spring for the ice trays. The 1.25-inch option is standard for ice used in mixing a cocktail.

MIXING GLASS

At least a half-liter mixing glass is suitable. A decent glass will be thick enough that a metal bar spoon banging around inside won't shatter it. Just make sure it has a pour spout so that when you serve the drink, you empty it all into a glass and not onto the rug.

SHAKERS

Buy the Boston type, in which you hold together two parts that look like metal pint glasses. You can make all shaken drinks in these. Skip the cobbler-type with the built-in strainer and cap. It can't do anything better than the Boston shaker, except look cooler.

HAWTHORNE STRAINER

The Hawthorne is your go-to tool for separating cocktails from extraneous ice and ingredient remnants as you pour from a mixing glass. It fits against the rim of the mixing glass like a lid.

FINE MESH STRAINER

Occasionally you need to filter out certain ingredient debris that slips past an ordinary strainer, like fruit shards and egg. The fine mesh strainer is held over the serving glass, and the ingredients are poured through. You won't use it often, but when you need to, it'll be the only thing that works.,

JIGGERS

Japanese jiggers weren't originally Japanese, but when Western bartenders rediscovered their Japanese counterparts using them in the 2000s, they fell back in love with the two-sided measuring tools. They have different capacities on each end, so you can buy half as many as you'd otherwise need. First get a ½ fl. oz. / ¾ fl. oz. jigger.

STAPLE SPIRITS

The world's best bars use expensive base spirits. They use Rume, Whiskey and Grey Goose Vodka. Do not forget to grab one Grey Goose limited edition 2018.

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3 Cocktails To Kick it off And Get You In The Summer Spirit
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Le Grand Fizz

  • 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose® vodka
  • 1 oz. St-Germain® elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 wedges of fresh lime
  • 2 oz. chilled Perrier

Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.

Le Grand Fizz Français

  • 1 oz. Grey Goose® vodka
  • 2 oz. Perrier
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. lavender honey syrup
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 1 sprig lavender

Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, Perrier, lemon juice, and lavender honey syrup. Top with Perrier. Stir and garnish with fresh lemon wedges, lavender sprig, and a Grey Goose stirrer.

Le Grand Fizz Croisette

  • 1 oz. Grey Goose® vodka
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Côtes de Provence rosé syrup

Build in a shaker with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime juice and rose syrup. Shake and strain over a wine glass. Garnish with a Cinsault grape on a Grey Goose cocktail pick.

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Grey Goose Unveils Its Limited-Edition Bottle By Quentin Monge
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Last year Grey Goose revealed its first limited-edition bottle in the United States. Celebrating its French heritage and toasting to a festive summer, it was dubbed the “Riviera bottle,” featuring nautical marinière stripes in the brand’s signature blue. For 2018, Grey Goose is continuing the series and has upped its design game by collaborating with illustrator Quentin Monge.

The Paris-born artist, whose whimsical drawings are followed by more than 125,000 followers on Instagram, spent much of his childhood near Saint-Tropez. To capture the French Riviera lifestyle, Monge decided to decorate the bottle with blue-and-white striped parasols, a symbol of summer holidays on the French Riviera. The motif also appears on the neoprene sleeve that the bottle comes with, ideal for keeping it cool on a hot, sunny day.

Monge says that he’s “inspired by people—women, mostly—but the illustrations are rooted in the South of France,” when I caught up with him at a pool party Grey Goose threw with luggage brand Away—a company Monge just happens to have previously partnered up with—in Cannes during the International Film Festival last month. Having drawn parasols before, loving the pattern that they create when several are propped up in the sand, the collaboration with the premium vodka brand “felt really natural.”

The illustrator has been drawing since he was young, with a pencil and sketchbook in hand anytime he went down to the beach. And while many of his graphics are displayed digitally these days, the artist finds comfort in paper, adding that “the process is always a little sketch in the moment and then later on I develop something with a different medium.”

And while blue may have been an obligatory color due to Grey Goose’s signature shade, the hue also really speaks to Monge and is often prominent in many of his other works. “For me, when I think about the French Riviera and where I come from, it’s always like this bright blue.” He also states that Matisse and Picasso are two of his biggest influences, both of whom had series focused on blue.

Now that he’s returned to the Côte d’Azur, leaving Paris for a village just outside of Saint-Tropez, a coastal town that really comes alive in the summer, Monge is looking forward to all of the natural light and being inspired by the locals. Because while the City of Light brims with creative energy, things are a bit different on the Riviera: “The energy comes from the lifestyle, the people. It can be the butcher, the fishermen you meet at the port—those are the people that give me inspiration, more than other artists or creative. I don’t necessarily need to be surrounded by creatives; I rather be surrounded by people who live their life because they’re in the right place and at the right moment of their life and they’re happy about that. And I find that in the South of France people are really happy.”

Monge’s preference for company is also reflected in his go-to beaches around Saint-Tropez, naming Plage des Salins (his favorite) and Plage de la Ponche in lieu of Pampelonne, the strip most known for its boisterous clubs.

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In Spetses With Grey Goose
Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL

Hello Guys!

Yesterday I found myself leaving the island of Spetses, after an amazing 2 days trip with Grey Goose. I felt really sad even though I really wanted to go back at my house and have some rest. 

Scrolling down my camera roll I found those amazing photos that I tool during the Classic Yacht Regatta race with Grey Goose and I though it would be nice to share them with you. 

For those who don't know The Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta is a unique 4-day event organised by the Yacht Club of Greece and Grey Goose is one of the gold sponsors. Staged to the amazing backdrop of the Poseidonion hotel and the Argosaronic Gulf, a series of classic yachts (Classic Boats, Traditional Caiques, Traditional Lateens, Dragons) form an exquisite parade, with crews from Greece and around the world.

I felt really lucky for having the opportunity to live again that experience for the second time and I want to thank my Grey Goose family for having me. Until the next one! Cheers with Grey Goose only!

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Drinking: Grey Goose / Sunglasses: YSL / Shoes: Santoni shoes

Grey Goose Atelier in Spetses

Recently, together with other bloggers, journalists as well as some of the best cook and barmen from Greece, I was invited to the island of Spetses. Grey Goose was the gold sponsor of the Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta 2018. The Grey Goose team created the Atelier of Taste, a foodpairing experience in a beautiful villa at the center of the town. 

We spent 2 days in that fabulous villa, all on the colours of Grey Goose where we had the opportunity to learn more about the origins of the Grey Goose Vodka. We also tasted some drinks and food creations made by the best barmen and chefs. 

I totally fell in love with this mansion so thats why I am sharing this video with you. Soon enough more containt will be online. 

Christmas Style and Gift Guide
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Christmas has come to town again, the festive lights are on and Santa's are appearing in shop front windows. So now it's time to sort your way through the ideal present  you can get for your best friends and family, as well as a mini style guide!

To help get your mind in the festive spirit, we've got the perfect gift idea. Whether it's a present for your wife or girlfriend, your parents or your co-worker, there is nothing better to get them than a bottle of fine french vodka. Grey Goose this holidays suggests to celebrate it with the ultimate cocktail of all, and that is the Espresso Martini. You just need Grey Goose vodka, espresso, espresso liqueur, salt, ice and a chocolate bar.  Everyone will love it. So do not overthink it, gift a bottle of Grey Goose and receive one!

Being stylish during the holiday season is very important as well! Choose a nice tailored suit that will make you look polish and fine! And to keep you warm and stand you out of the crowd choose a statement trench coat! Like the one I am wearing in the pictures and it is made by Dimitris Petrou.

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Endless Blue

It’s the perfect time to write about summer, as I’m no longer afraid that I’d jinx it. It’s been great so far, and to top it all, we’re in the midst of a heat wave with scorching temperatures during the day. This is the thing about summer: it comes with sun-kissed promises and blue whispers for days filled with bright skies, adventures, and sunset dreaming. It’s a strange thing, this feeling of nostalgia, even though it’s still summer, so here are a few reasons why I love it so much.

The Warm Weather

The days are long, the evenings warm, the nights balmy, and even the city breeze carries the smell of the sea (I know, some may call this wishful thinking). But it’s a great feeling, waking up early and realising that the sun is already up, even though it's six in the morning. And when the sun’s out, I feel energised, and I can't wait to sit outside with my first cup of coffee and plan my day.

The Sense of Joy

I grew up in a country where the summers were long and hot and, admittedly, I took that for granted. But I love the Greek summer and I quickly learnt to appreciate the trepidation, the anticipation, and the pure jubilation that accompany each day of sunshine. 

The Holidays

It's time for holidays, abroad or at home. It’s time to rent a villa on the beach, a city apartment, or a hotel room with a sea, lake or mountain view. It’s time to explore, to experience, to live, and to fall in and out of love. It’s time to make some memories. It’s time to go hiking, fishing, camping, or to cook a BBQ, sit by a campfire, collect seashells, go on a boat ride, or just lie on the beach. It’s also time to lounge in a hammock, on a deck chair, on the grass, on a balcony, or on a porch (oh, how I’d love to have one of those). Because in the summer having a lazy day and doing absolutely nothing is more than okay.

The Food, the Drinks, the Ice-cream

It’s easy to be healthy during the summer and eating a salad or drinking a fruit smoothie doesn’t make me feel miserable. I also discovered frozen yoghurt, loaded with mouthwatering toppings. My favourite topping at the moment is the roasted coconut flakes. And drinking the finest vodka is a must. So, cheers to an extraordinary summer with the delicate Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz.