Treat Your Loved One to a GrasovKiss on Valentine’s Day

With what seems like an eternal recession upon us, it is of little surprise to hear that many couples are planning on spending their Valentine’s night at home.  However, I think this is a far better option!  Normally, venues are crammed full to the brim and prices are unfairly increased.  Plus, at home you can choose exactly what you want to eat or drink.  Talking of which… this year why not whip up a GrasovKiss cocktail using Grasovka Bison Grass Vodka?

GrasovKiss Cocktail

It’s the perfect Valentine aperitif and it’s quick and easy to make, simply follow this delicious recipe…

Ingredients

2 oz Grasovka Bison Grass Vodka
1 oz raspberry syrup
¼ oz lemon juice
Dash of apple juice
Dash of lemonade

Serve over ice in a highball glass and for that extra romantic twist, float a rose petal on top or garnish with a few raspberries

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Celebrate the BAFTAs with Grey Goose le Masque

Are you planning on watching the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night?  If so, why not get into the spirit with a delicious Grey Goose le Masque.  Grey Goose will be playing host to the official after party for this year’s prestigious British Academy Film Awards in London at the iconic Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, and to celebrate the awards, Global Brand Ambassador, Dimi Lezinska, has created the superb Grey Goose le Masque cocktail, inspired by the iconic BAFTA masque award.  The cocktail perfectly encapsulates all the glamour of the big screen and will be served to the evening’s glittering guestlist as they celebrate the night’s successes.

Grey Goose le Masque

Mixed with delicate elderflower, grape and fresh pear flavours, the Grey Goose Le Masque is the perfect accompaniment to the BAFTAs and is the cocktail to be seen sipping this awards season.  However, if you can’t make the party, why not whip up a batch before watching the awards!  Here’s how…

Ingredients

30 ml Grey Goose vodka
15 ml MARTINI Gold vermouth
35 ml Fresh-pressed organic Golden Delicious apple juice
5 ml Organic elderflower cordial
4 drops Bombay Sapphire London dry gin

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice

Shake and double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a gold rim

Finish with a squeeze of white grapefruit zest

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Cocktail of the Month: Grey Goose Orange Blush

Grey Goose Orange Blush

Grey Goose Orange BlushSo while most people are grappling with a detox in January, I wonder where the fun in that is!  This January I’m indulging in a Grey Goose Orange Blush using Grey Goose l’Orange vodka with orange liqueur.  Here’s how to make this delightful cocktail…

Ingredients

35ml Grey Goose L’Orange

10ml orange liqueur

Tonic water

Instructions

Mix the Grey Goose vodka with orange liqueur and ice, then balance by topping with tonic

Serve with lemon wedges to taste

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RSV’s Fountain of Youth – A New Year, A New You

Russian Standard Vodka Fountain of Youth

Forget detoxing this January, it’s a miserable enough month as it is to deny yourself the pleasure of a good cocktail.  However, if you are being lured to the dark side, then never fear, a fabulous Fountain of Youth cocktail, created by Russian Standard Vodka, may be the answer to your prayers.

Russian Standard Vodka Fountain of Youth

This fresh and fruity cocktail includes delicious pomegranate juice which contains three times more antioxidants than green tea or red wine.  Drinking pomegranate juice helps keep blood vessels from hardening, bring more oxygen to the heart and prevents bad cholesterol from being deposited on the arteries.

So how do you make this magic drink I hear you ask!  Just follow the steps below…

Ingredients

35ml / 1.7 fl oz Russian Standard
40ml / 2 fl oz Pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed where available
20g / 0.7 oz thinly sliced ginger

Instructions

Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice

Double strain and pour into a martini glass

Garnish with a piece of ginger and pass a mint leaf around the glass rim

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No Fuss Pre-mixed Smirnoff Cocktails for Your Winter Party

SmirnoffThis winter get the party started with a range of pre-mixed Smirnoff vodka cocktails including Mojito, Cosmopolitan and Caipiroska.  Smirnoff really has taken the fuss and mess of out preparing cocktails so you can enjoy a delicious tasting drink anywhere you please, whether it’s pre-dinner drinks at home or a friend’s cocktail party .

Smirnoff Cocktails should be kept in the fridge – so if a friend should unexpectedly drop by, you’ll always have something chilled and delicious, without compromising on taste or style, to offer them.

About the cocktails…

Vodka Mojito – A perfectly balanced blend of crisp clean Smirnoff Vodka, Kaffir Lime Liquor and natural mint flavour.
Grand Cosmopolitan – A professional shake of crisp clean Smirnoff Vodka, Triple Sec Liquor and a splash of Cranberry juice.
Caipiroska – A refreshing sweet and tangy mix of crisp clean Smirnoff Vodka, fresh lime and sugar.

Serving Suggestions
• Keep your Smirnoff Cocktails in the fridge and simply shake before serving
• For the perfect Smirnoff Cosmopolitan simply pour the drink straight into a chilled martini glass (quick tip – just fill the martini glass with ice for a few minutes to chill down the glass, then throw the ice away and pour the drink into the glass)
• The Smirnoff Mojito should be served in a hi ball glass and garnished with a wedge of fresh lime and a handful of mint
• The Smirnoff Caipiroska should be poured straight into a rocks glass and garnished with a wedge of fresh lime
• Sip slowly and enjoy

Smirnoff Cocktails are available for RRP £13.99 at selected stores of Morrisons, Tesco, Co-op and Asda.

For more information about Smirnoff Cocktails visit www.facebook.com/SmirnoffGB

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Celebrate with Grey Goose Le Fizz at The Savoy For Life’s Most Memorable Moments

Grey Goose Le FizzThe familiar stem, the tiny bubbles winking at the rim, the delicious sound of chinking glass and the crisp, cool taste of every sip.  The experience of drinking Goose Le Fizz is in every way as special as the memorable moments it celebrates.  Created using the finest French vodka, fresh lime juice and the most delicately floral elderflower cordial, the Grey Goose Le Fizz is shaken over ice and served in a champagne flute, topped with soda water for a truly exquisite taste.

Co‐created by Grey Goose’s newly-appointed UK Brand Ambassador Joe McCanta, Grey Goose le Fizz is Grey Goose’s latest offering, designed as Grey Goose’s alternative to champagne, and is the only drink to be seen celebrating with this party season.  Alongside some of London’s leading bars, Grey Goose le Fizz will be served in the beautifully re‐designed Beaufort Rooms at The Savoy. Historically seen as the most glamorous of London locations, over the years The Savoy has seen celebrities from Fred Astaire to Marilyn Monroe raise their glasses and toast memorable moments.

It is only fitting then, that to celebrate the hotel’s extensive refurbishment and modern day reopening, its expert bartenders will be serving Grey Goose le Fizz in the beautifully re‐designed Beaufort Rooms at The Savoy to today’s most discerning drinkers.  Chicer than a cocktail and more elegant than champagne, raise a toast to taste with a glass of Grey Goose le Fizz and celebrate life’s most memorable moments in style.

Grey Goose Fizz

Glassware: Champagne flute

What you need: 35ml Grey Goose vodka, 15ml fresh lime juice, 15ml elderflower cordial

Method: Shake over ice and serve, topped with soda

For more news from Grey Goose visit www.greygoose.com. Always drink responsible www. www.drinkaware.co.uk

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Grapplesovka – Polish Apple Vodka Cocktail

GrasovkaLast week on the 21st of October apple enthusiasts celebrated National Apple Day (who knew?!).  I’m sorry to say I let this one pass me by, but I was interested to hear that to celebrate National Apple Day premium vodka brand, Grasovka, created the perfect autumnal cocktail, the Grapplesovka.

The seasonal cocktail is a blend of Grasovka, a Polish bison grass vodka, and cloudy apple juice. The bison grass infused vodka offers an aromatic, fruity base, making it the perfect partner for English apple juice (and is one of my personal favourites).

So I decided to try it out at home.  It was certainly easy to make and it was a wonderful refreshing wintery drink.  Here’s the recipe:

– 25 ml Grasovka
– Cloudy apple juice
– A wedge of fresh apple
– Ice

Pour measured Grasovka into a high ball glass over cubed ice. Top up glass with ice cold cloudy apple juice, and finish with fresh slices of apple.

Grasovka Vodka, RRP £18.95, is available from www.drinksdirect.co.uk

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Cocktail of the Month: Grey Goose Poirefection

Grey Goose La PoireWith the autumn/winter season well and truly in full swing it is finally time to enjoy beautiful winter cocktails, flavoured with our favourite fruits of the season.  The Grey Goose Poirefection is a delicate and elegant cocktail made with Grey Goose La Poire, fresh lime and pressed apple juice.  Poirefection  indeed!

Glass: Highball

Method: Build over cubed ice and stir well

Garnish: Squeezed lime wedge

What you need…

35ml Grey Goose La Poire

15ml fresh lime juice

10ml orgeat syrup

Top with freshly pressed apple juice

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Cocktail of the Month: Grey Goose Bittersweet

Grey Goose Vodka
Grey Goose Vodka

Well the final few weeks of summer were particularly disappointing and while I hold out for that late Indian Summer I have decided that if the summer won’t come to you, you can metaphorically go to summer (without so much as leaving your home) by creating a delicious cocktail or two.  Grey Goose Bittersweet which consists of Traditional Grey Goose vodka, elderflower cordial or liqueur and grapefruit juice is a bittersweet but refreshing cocktail.  With the taste of thirst-quenching elderflower and the tropical aroma of grapefruit, just a few sips ensure you’ve slipped away from these dreary days to sun-soaked beaches and exotic climes.

Grey Goose Bittersweet

Glass: Highball

Method: Build over cubed ice and stir well

Garnish: Squeezed lime wedge

Ingredients

35ml Grey Goose Vodka

15ml elderflower cordial/liqueur

Topped with grapefruit juice

Please enjoy responsibly. For more on Grey Goose Vodka visit www.greygoose.com

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Russian Standard – Golden Summertime Iced Tea

Golden Summertime Iced TeaSo far, the weather in London has proved particularly promising.  With sunshine comes the desire for a sweet, cool, refreshing beverage, preferably enjoyed while basking in sunshine, be it in the city or in the countryside.  However, sometimes drinking the same old Cosmo, Pimm’s or G&T just won’t do.

Being a lover of all things Russian it appeared it was time to experiment with a little cocktail-making.  Combining the Russians’ passion for tea and the unbridled joy delivered by a few daily doses of vodka seems like a natural fusion.  Invest in a bottle of Russian Standard Gold, brand new for 2010, a smooth, rich vodka, with a pure taste and notes of honey, vanilla and almond.  Then just follow some simple instructions (below) and you’ll be able to indulge in as many delicious Golden Summertime Iced Teas as you desire!

For added authenticity, serve in a Russian tea glass – you’ll soon be transported to a lively train hurtling through the countryside between Moscow and St Petersburg, or indeed better yet, a grand ball reminiscent of the era of powerful Tsars such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great or Tsarina Catherine the Great!

Instructions

Combine the following

45ml Russian Standard Gold

60ml peach puree

90ml strong black tea (invest in a small box of Russian Caravan Tea from Whittard)

15ml honey water (you can create your own with a dollop of runny honey dissolved into warm water)

15ml lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain, garnishing with a slice of white peach and crushed ice

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