In 2006, Grey Goose entrusted Nick Mautone, a seasoned restaurateur, to craft a standout vodka concoction for the Grand Slam tournament. Through experimentation and dedication, the Honey Deuce emerged, a blend of sweet and tart flavors that evoke the thrill of the match. Surpassing one million servings in the last four years, Honey Deuce has swiftly become a drink of the Open. Its popularity has surged, experiencing an 88 percent surge in orders from 2015 to 2019.
As the U.S. Open commences, the Honey Deuce stands as a symbol of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of the sport and the season. This cocktail invites enthusiasts to join the celebration, toasting the magic of tennis and the unforgettable taste of the Honey Deuce.
Honey Deuce Recipe
- Crushed ice
- 3 oz Lemonade
- 1 1/4 oz Vodka
- 1/2 oz Raspberry liqueur
- Honeydew melon for garnish
- Fill a glass with crushed ice.
- Pour in the lemonade and vodka.
- Add the raspberry liqueur to the mix.
- Gently stir the ingredients to combine.
- Garnish with honeydew melon balls for a playful touch.
- Serve and enjoy the refreshing taste of the Honey Deuce cocktail.
Pro Tips for Success:Chill the glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to maintain a refreshing temperature.
Opt for homemade fresh lemonade by combining simple syrup with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Create perfect honeydew melon balls by freezing the melon and using a melon baller for uniform spheres. Premium vodka and attention to detail, such as preparing the melon balls, enhance the overall cocktail experience.
Our think about Honey Deuce
When glancing through snapshots of the US Open, you can’t miss the iconic cup topped with mini tennis ball-like melon spheres. Meet the honey deuce, the event’s signature libation that’s more than a drink – a symbol of the tournament’s vibrancy and luxury.
Crafted with Grey Goose vodka, lemonade, and a touch of Chambord raspberry liqueur, the honey deuce is a harmonious blend of flavors that tantalize the palate. During my recent visit to the US Open, we had the chance to savor this famous cocktail with a discerning taste.
What struck us was the refreshment. Served ice-cold in a highball glass, it’s a welcome respite from the sweltering heat of the event. The lemonade infusion adds a lightness that takes me back to my carefree childhood days. Surprisingly, even as someone not keen on vodka, I found the honey deuce delightful – a lemonade with a hint of raspberry sweetness.
The honeydew balls perched atop add an extra touch of elegance. Occasionally paired with a melon ball, each sip offers a hint of fruity delight. Beyond taste, the honey deuce holds symbolic value, with guests proudly carrying stacks of these cups as a testament to their US Open experience.
How many calories in a honey deuce drink?
We can provide you with a rough estimate based on the typical ingredients in a Honey Deuce cocktail:
- Grey Goose vodka (1 1/4 oz): Approximately 96 calories
- Lemonade (3 oz): Approximately 40-50 calories (depending on the sweetness)
- Raspberry liqueur (1/2 oz): Approximately 40-50 calories
- Honeydew garnish: Negligible calorie contribution
The total calorie count for a Honey Deuce cocktail is 176-196 calories.
How to make honeydew melon balls?
Honeydew melon balls
- Melon baller
- Cutting board
- Honeydew melon
- Start by selecting a ripe honeydew melon. Look for a melon that feels heavy for its size and has a sweet aroma at the stem end.
- Wash the honeydew melon thoroughly under running water to remove dirt or debris.
- Cut the honeydew melon in half using a sharp knife. You can cut it lengthwise or crosswise, depending on your preference.
- Use the melon baller tool to scoop out round balls from the flesh of the honeydew. Press the melon baller into the melon and twist it slightly to create the ball shape.
- Continue scooping out melon balls from both halves of the honeydew melon. You can adjust the size of the melon balls by applying more or less pressure with the melon baller.
- Collect the honeydew melon balls in a bowl. You can use them immediately as a garnish or snack or refrigerate them until you're ready to use them.
- If you're using only some melon balls at a time, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
- Optional: To create a visually appealing garnish, skew the honeydew melon balls onto cocktail picks or toothpicks. This is commonly done for drinks like the Honey Deuce cocktail.
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