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This is no ordinary vodka lemonade, though. The recipe is special because it's the official cocktail of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. It was created by New York City mixologist and restauranteur Nick Mautone for Grey Goose Vodka and has enjoyed great popularity since it was first introduced in the late 2000s.
Whether you're watching the August tennis tournament or not, you will find the honey deuce to be a delicious drink. The raspberry flavor of Chambord offsets the tart lemonade with a delicate sweetness and the honeydew balls are perfect for the tennis theme. Also, it's very easy to make, so anyone can mix up a single drink or a round for the entire party in just a few minutes.
Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice and add the vodka.
Top with lemonade to just below the rim, then add the raspberry liqueur.
Garnish with honeydew melon balls.
This version uses slightly more vodka than called for in Mautone's original recipe because it's a little easier to pour a full shot. You can certainly pour less if you like, though most drinkers tend to enjoy a longer shot than a short one anyway. Make it however you like, it will be great either way.
Grey Goose Vodka sponsors this drink so it's only natural that it is the recommended brand for the honey deuce. While you can certainly use any vodka you like, it would be best with one of equal quality to Grey Goose. After all, if you're making the effort to mix Chambord and fresh lemonade, there's no reason to pour a subpar vodka.
You may also want to play with flavored vodkas. Just a hint of a complementary flavor can add a nice flair to simple cocktails like this. Try berries, citrus, melon, or even cucumber and see what you think.
The Raspberry Liqueur
Chambord is also the recommended brand for the drink's liqueur. Its sweet black raspberry flavor is the perfect complement to the sweet tartness of the lemonade. You could, however, choose any of the other raspberry or blackberry liqueurs that are available.
The use of fresh-squeezed lemonade cannot be stressed enough for any cocktail. Many of the pre-made lemonades are too sweet for mixed drinks and they can quickly throw off the balance of flavors.
It's best to avoid those super sugary, just-add-water lemonades, too. They may work for a kid's lemonade stand, but adults can attempt to hold their drinks to a higher standard. Plus, if you do have kids, a homemade lemonade sets a good example for using fresh foods.
The true beauty of fresh-squeezed lemonade is that you can control the sweet-tart balance. Besides, it's super easy to make. If you can squeeze a few lemons and mix the juice with water and sugar, you're set! There's no mystery or secret tricks and once you learn how easy it really is, you won't go a summer day without a pitcher in your fridge.
The Honeydew Garnish
The melon garnish is a real treat and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of this fresh fruit. All you need is a honeydew and a melon baller. It's even better when you skewer the melon balls then toss them in the freezer for about an hour. They'll be nice and frosty and help keep your drink cool.