The Kentucky Derby has The Mint Julep, the Indy 500 has Pit Lane Lemonade, and viewers who watch the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens often celebrate with the Grand Slam’s official cocktail: The Honey Deuce.
But with the event at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows being played without spectators and in a biosecure bubble because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many fans will instead be making their own Honey Deuces at home. Thankfully, it’s an easy recipe with just four ingredients.
“The Honey Deuce is a refreshing take on a raspberry lemonade,” says Grey Goose Vodka, which sells Honey Deuce cocktail kits on its website. “The honey dew melon ball garnish perfectly replicates a tennis ball and makes you feel like you are in the stands.”
To make a Honey Deuce, pour 1 and 1/2 ounces of Grey Goose vodka into a chilled Collins glass with crushed ice. Add 3 ounces of fresh lemonade, a 1/2 ounce of Chambord, or another raspberry liqueur, and garnish with a skewer of frozen honeydew melon balls.
Of course, those who prefer to still have a bartender make their drinks can partake in a series of U.S. Open outdoor viewing parties on Long Island, such as those at Calissa, an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Water Mill, where guests will get commemorative glasses to take home.
The U.S. Open kicks off on Monday, with the Semi Finals and Finals set for Sept. 10 through Sept. 13.
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