As much as I wish I could be in the stands with all the celebrities every year to see legendary athletes like Serena Williams play their hearts out at the US Open, attending a two-week-long tennis tournament in New York City isn't usually in the cards for me. Fortunately, I've been able to get a taste of the tournament from the comfort of my own home, sipping on a Honey Deuce while watching the matches from my couch.
The Honey Deuce is the official cocktail of the US Open, and it's been served at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, since 2006, when Grey Goose first became a sponsor for the annual sports event. Across social media, you'll see people sharing pics of the iconic pink cocktail with green melon balls, confirming that they're indeed lucky enough to be at the US Open. Since I'm not one of those people, however, my only other options were to either buy the canned form of the drink or to make a Honey Deuce myself.
According to the Honey Deuce recipe shared by Grey Goose and republished ahead, the cocktail combines vodka with freshly squeezed lemonade and Chambord, a type of raspberry liqueur. You don't need a shaker, but you do need a melon baller for the honeydew-melon garnish. The fruit ends up looking just like little tennis balls, so the extra step makes all the difference.
This year — perhaps in honor of hotter-than-ever summer temps — Grey Goose is also serving up a frozen version of the Honey Deuce. And luckily for those of us whipping them up at home, it isn't any harder to make than the original.
If you like fruity, refreshing cocktails or boozy lemonade, you'll definitely want to make yourself a Honey Deuce or Frozen Honey Deuce. Drinking it while watching the US Open really makes your living room feel like a tennis court — or perhaps that's just the alcohol talking.
To make freshly squeezed lemonade: Combine the juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup) with an equal amount of sugar and 1 cup of water, and stir until combined.
To make a Frozen Honey Deuce: In a blender, combine ingredients with ice and blitz until well combined.
1 1/3 ounces vodka, such as Grey Goose
3 ounces freshly squeezed lemonade
1/3 ounce raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord
3 honeydew melon balls, frozen
- Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice and add vodka.
- Top with lemonade and raspberry liqueur. Stir.
- Garnish with a skewer of frozen honeydew-melon balls.
- Drinks, Cocktails
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