Summer is at its peak and we’re looking forward to another long weekend of sunshine, entertaining friends and incredible drinks. To celebrate, we’re creating a lineup of fresh, summer cocktails with Grey Goose using their new limited-edition bottle by French illustrator, Quentin Monge. Monge, known for his stylishly whimsical style, was raised in the French Riviera — the birthplace of many artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andre Derain. To capture the Côte d’Azur, Monge decorated the Riviera bottle with blue and white striped parasols, a motif inspired from the summers of his youth. This bottle, available now at the LCBO for $49.95, reminds us of a quintessential French summer: glamour and luxury along the sandy, pebbled coastline.
Although we’ll be hosting friends in the city this weekend, the new Grey Goose by Quentin Monge bottle will let us live vicariously, imagining life along the Riviera. We’re living our best life this summer with Grey Goose and so should you.
Here are two of the cocktails we’ll be serving up this weekend: ‘Silly Goose’ and ‘Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz’, both featuring Grey Goose vodka along with fresh summer flavours like watermelon and citrus. Made with the finest French ingredients including soft wheat from the Picardie region, Grey Goose vodka is our preferred choice for cocktails, offering a full-bodied, rich taste.
1.5 parts Grey Goose Le Citron
2 parts salted watermelon juice
1⁄2 part fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 part light cinnamon syrup
1 wheel cucumber
Build all ingredients on ice in a rocks glass and stir until chilled. Add fresh ice cubes and garnish with cucumber wheels or ribbons.
To make salted watermelon juice: carve out the meat of a watermelon and blitz it in a blender until liquified. Strain the juice through a sieve. For a medium sized watermelon, the juice yield is usually 1 L. For every litre of juice, mix in 1 pinch of Maldon Salt. Stir well to combine.
To make light cinnamon syrup: bring 500ml of water up to a boil, add 500g of granulated sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add a 3-inch-long cinnamon stick to the syrup and let it infuse overnight. Bottle and keep refrigerated.
Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz
1 1⁄2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur
2 parts chilled soda water
1⁄2 part freshly squeezed lime (approx. 2 wedges)
Build ice into an oversized wine glass. Add Grey Goose vodka and freshly squeezed lime juice. Top with St-Germain elderflower liqueur and chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with two lime wedges