For the last ten years, The Grey Goose and Chambord-filled Honey Deuce cocktail has been the trademark of the US open.
The US Open has the Honey Deuce, while the Kentucky Derby has the mint julep.
In 2007, the drink was created by Grey Goose mixologist Nick Mautone, which contains the tasty combination of lemonade, and raspberry liqueur and vodka and this has become the signature cocktail of the tennis tournament.
The frozen honeydew melon balls used as a garnish is the best part of the drink that makes it unique, making it look like tennis balls. This unique look reminds the tennis fans what the US Open is really about (this doesn’t mean that the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center food and drinks aren’t great though).
Mautone, Grey Goose, “I decided to blend the lemonade with vodka to satisfy the spectators’ thirst in the late summer heat. The Chambord adds a raspberry tang. Besides, honeydew melons are always at their peak in the summer, the melon balls are an appropriate finishing touch.”
Since the drink became a brand, almost a million Honey Deuces have been sold.
Steps involved in making a Home-made Honey Deuce cocktail.
3 oz Fresh squeezed lemonade
.5 oz Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
1.25 oz Grey Goose vodka
Frozen honeydew melons for garnish
Fill a chilled highball glass with ice and add Grey Goose vodka.
Add lemonade and then top with Chambord.
Garnish with a skewer of honeydew melon balls (note: put the honeydew melon in the freezer a day before to freeze, then to create melon balls, use a melon baller).
In 2016, for the first time, the ingredients are being sold in a home delivery pack for as low as $6.99 per drink—with ten cocktails per order, delivery and tax inclusive. Cocktail Courier will send all you need to prepare the Honey Deuce cocktail at your home bar. The lemonade, raspberry liqueur, vodka, honeydew melon, skewers, and even a melon baller are all included in the $6.99 package. That means you can still pretend you’re in the middle of Arthur Ashe Stadium sipping the US Open’s official drink even if you're at home.