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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Smirnoff Launches Ambitious Global Nightlife Project

In an ambitious move set to break new ground in nightlife experiences, the world’s leading vodka brand The Smirnoff Co. has unveiled ‘The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project’.  Continuing on a mission to inspire and enable more one-of-a-kind experiences, this bold attempt will see 14 countries, including Poland, work with respected nightlife figures to discover and celebrate the best elements of their country’s nightlife. These ideas will be packed-up in a crate and transformed into exciting event experiences.  In an epic finale on November 27th, the world will swap nights, with each country exchanging the best of their nightlife with that of another.

Leading the charge and inspiring the nation’s night owls, club gurus and music fans to get involved and decide what will  represent the best of British nightlife is BBC Radio One DJ and pioneer of new music and nightlife – Zane Lowe.  The DJ, musician and broadcaster will be getting people talking to encourage them to enter their suggestions on the Smirnoff GB Facebook page and will have the final say in what should represent Britain before the crate is exported for the exchange. Hailing from six continents, the 14 countries taking part are Great Britain, USA, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela.  Each showcasing the many vibrant sights, sounds and tastes of global nightlife culture today, will bring a unique and exciting flavour to the project.

In a bid to get the nation talking about what makes Britain’s nightlife great, the Smirnoff team has hit the streets across the country to ask people what they think should go in the crate. This might be a specific type of music, a local cocktail or a fashion trend unique to a particular region.  The Smirnoff team has also asked people to record their views on what’s best about their local scene. The vodka brand has worked with top nightlife gurus in each city to give their verdict on what should put their city’s scene on the global map.  Once all the suggestions are in, it will be up to Zane Lowe to decide what goes in the crate, the contents of which will be announced on October 22nd. The question is – which country will Great Britain get in return?

All applicants must be above legal drinking age. Terms & Conditions apply.

www.smirnoff.com

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Friday Night Cocktails for National Chocolate Week

This week, Britain has been celebrating all things sweet throughout this year’s National Chocolate Week where every self-respecting chocoholic can, and has indulged in every imaginable form of chocolate. Come Friday night why not continue to enjoy chocolate but this time with a real twist, all courtesy of the mixologists at Russian Standard Vodka who have dreamt up this deliciously pleasurable range of chocolate cocktails.

Combining the smooth indulgence of chocolate with a luxurious base of Russian Standard Vodka Original, it’s the perfect way to kick off a week of cocoa based extravagance! You’ll be in chocolate heaven. Check out the recipes below…

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50ml Russian Standard Vodka Original
100ml freshly squeezed orange juice
25ml crème de cacao
To serve: Slice of orange, a twist of rind & grated chocolate

Shake the Russian Standard Vodka, crème de cacao and fresh orange in a cocktail mixer then pour over ice into a chilled hi-ball glass, add the freshly squeezed orange juice and garnish with a slice of orange and a twist of rind.

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50ml Russian Standard
20ml Creme de Cacao
30ml Fresh Cream

Pour Creme de Cacao and Russian Standard over ice and stir gently. Float fresh cream on top.

Russian Standard Vodka Original owes its name and quality to scientist Dmitri Mendeleev’s classic formula, commissioned by Tsar Alexander III. Its optimum balance and purity make it perfect alone or at the heart of a magnificent cocktail.

Step up the celebrations this National Chocolate Week 11th and 17th of October!

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RSV Originals Presents 6 Nights of Free Live Music

Russian Standard Vodka has released its winter festival line up for members of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals programme. The festival is to include six exclusive free gigs across London and Edinburgh, featuring Plan B, The Hoosiers, Kelis, White Lies and Paloma Faith.

The festival will kick off with a bang on the 14th November 2010 at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh and run for three nights featuring Plan B, The Hoosiers and White Lies consecutively.  There will then be three consecutive live gigs from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kelis, The Hoosiers and Paloma Faith at the HMV Forum in London from the 29th November.

Attending one of these amazing gigs couldn’t be easier. On purchase of a bottle of Russian Standard Vodka, consumers are simply required to visit www.rsvoriginals.co.uk and either register the on-pack privilege card number or if there is no privilege card on-pack, the bottle’s batch code to become a member of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals programme, where they will be offered the amazing opportunity to attend a free gig with a friend by entering the draw.

Those who register will also receive Russian Standard Vodka privilege cards which will provide them with a host of benefits and information on future Russian Standard Vodka Originals events. For those not lucky enough to win a pair of tickets to these gigs, there will be access to other opportunities by revisiting the Russian Standard Vodka Originals website regularly.

Russian Standard Vodka is steeped in Russian heritage; it is based on the vodka formula created by illustrious scientist Dmitri Mendeleev and is produced with premium Russian ingredients which are distilled at Russian Standard Vodka’s state-of-the-art distillery in St Petersburg.

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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 Vodka Originals Pop-up Party in Soho

When I was invited to attend the Russian Standard Vodka Originals Pop-up Bar Party at the Vinyl Factory on Poland Street in London’s Soho, held last Thursday, I naturally jumped at the chance!  An evening of fabulous, chilled Russian vodka cocktails (The Russian Tea being my personal favourite – bringing back all the flavours and aromas of the Russian samovar, zakuski feasts and the iciest, driest vodka) combined with music from DJ Mr Hudson, Tim from the Filthy Dukes and Sam Bell and a fantastic crowd made for one of the best nights I’ve had out in a long time.

Check out a little video compilation from the event below…

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To see photographs from the event click here!

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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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Imperia – Moscow’s Newest & Hottest Nightspot

If you’re planning a trip to Moscow this year, make sure your itinerary features a night sipping cocktails and dancing the night away at the newly opened Imperia Lounge.  Imperia is the namesake of Russian Standard’s ultra-luxury Imperia Vodka, and just like the vodka, the new venue epitomises opulence; featuring a sumptuous bar, fabulous restaurant and centrepiece dance club surrounded by floor-to-ceiling screens projecting spectacular graphics and videos onto the dancefloor.

The venue was launched in May to a star-studded crowd including Scottish actor Gerard Butler, Russian ‘it girl’ Ksenia Sobchak and Russian actor Fedor Bondarchuk. With thousands of trend-setting Muscovites also in attendance, Imperia Lounge is set to become Moscow’s new number one nightspot.

Imperia Lounge is located in central Moscow on Mantulinskaya Street, 5

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