Posts tagged VODKA
6 Ways Vodka Is Actually Pretty Good For Your Health
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Vodka was made for so much more than mules and martinis. It may surprise you to learn that the spirit was actually invented as a source of medicine and to this day, the colorless, odorless drink has a number of health benefits. So the next time you're debating what kind of cocktail to order, consider this:

1. Vodka has disinfectant properties.

Vodka is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic. It has been used to treat toothaches, clean wounds, and clean your house, though you probably shouldn't swap it out for your regular household disinfectant.

2. It can relieve stress.

You may have heard that red wine is a natural relaxer, but it's nothing compared to vodka, which has been scientifically proven to relieve tension better than vino.

3. It's heart-healthy.

Vodka can increase blood-flow and circulation in your body which can prevent clots, strokes, and other heart diseases. (It was an animal study, though, so take with a grain of salt.) Vodka can also help lower your cholesterol. And, for those watching their weight, it's also generally considered a lower-calorie alcohol.

4. It contributes to oral hygiene.

We already mentioned how vodka can soothe toothaches, but swishing a shot of it can help combat bad breath as well.

5. It can alleviate symptoms caused by arthritis.

Apparently, patients who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and had semi-regular vodka drinks throughout the month felt less pain and inflammation associated with their disease, according to this study.

6. It reduces risks associated with diabetes.

Unlike beer or wine, a shot of vodka can actually reduce blood sugar levels. This is most effective when taken straight: never has there been a better excuse for a martini.

So ladies and gentlemen, do not hesitate! Just order a Grey Goose on the rocks and enjoy the benefits of the vodka. 

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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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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Belvedere Vibes

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.

As i already have announced GDM is one of the nominees at the Marie Claire Blog Awards at the category man of style. Thought that competition we were lucky enough to learn more about the queen of spirits Belvedere. My favorite vodka and one of the spirits that i prefer the most. Wanting to share with you more about the values that Belvedere represents, how to use it and what to wear when you drink Belvedere i created this post. 

The cocktail that i chose to make is of course Bond's favorite Cocktail, which is nothing else than a Vodka Martini. The Vodka Martini actually began with the name Kangaroo, as Paul Clarke points out onSerious Eats. The cocktail was one of those that U.S. bartenders created with the then new spirit that was hitting the market in the 1950's. Many of the first vodka cocktails were just as this one, a gin cocktail with a vodka base. Whether it was the public's changing tastes, their desire for a less aromatic Martini at lunch, or simply the growing popularity of vodka in general, the Vodka Martini became so popular that today you almost have to distinguish which liquor you want when ordering a Martini.

Again, following suit with the Gin Martini, over the years the Vodka Martini began to lose its vermouth to the point that it often didn't even make it into the glass. Despite the contradiction, this is often called a Dry Vodka Martini. However, the simple ratio 2:1 of vodka-vermouth gives the drink some sort of depth and today's vodka market holds a variety of premium options that pair very well with dry vermouth. It would be reasonable that either Martini should have at least a hint of vermouth.

The next option for the drink is the garnish and bitters. Personally, I enjoy orange or aromatic bitters in my Martinis. The garnish could either be a light lemon twist or a few olives with either the standard pimento or stuffings like blue cheese or jalapeno.

The beauty of the clean Martinis is that you can customize them to your own style, taste, or even the mood you're in at any given time.

My own Vodka Martini recipe

1 1/2 ounces Belvedere vodka
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
2 dashes bitters (optional)
Lemon twist or/and 1 olive for garnish

Stir all the ingredients with ice in a shaker, then pour into a chilled martini glass or - if you have one - a champagne goblet. Add a lemon twist and one olive.