Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the water of life!
Cocktails denote an occasion. They come with an aura of celebration, of decadence, of happy times and alternative realities. A cocktail is a work of alchemy, a potion which has the power to create a lasting memory and imprint it within multiple senses. Remember the cocktail and relive the event. In this case, the perfect Bloody Mary!
Grey Goose vodka prides itself on being the perfect accompaniment to the special moments in life. As we move through autumn into our long dark winter, it’s good to seize opportunities and celebrate where we can. Although children now monopolise Halloween, there is still space for adults to claim on 1 November, known in South America as The Day of the Dead. And what better way to start the day than with a Mexican-style brunch topped off with a spicy Bloody Mary made with vodka – the water of life?
You’ll find many recipes for this classic, but that offered by Grey Goose vodka is guaranteed to please. It’s spicy and fruity and this premium vodka provides an underlying smoothness and depth that is deliciously satisfying.
- 50 ml Grey Goose Vodka
- 100 ml Tomato Juice preferably premium organic
- 25 ml Fresh lemon Juice
- 5 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 5 ml Dashes of Hot sauce
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- Celery stick and some fresh aromatic herbs to decorate
Add the ingredients to a tall jug (or Boston glass if you have one).
Top with cubed ice.
Take a second jug and pour the cocktail back and forth to “roll” the cocktail. This is the perfect way to chill and mix the drink’s ingredients.
Strain the liquid into a highball glass and garnish with fresh cut celery, ground pepper and sprigs of aromatic herbs.
For something a little more exotic, why not try our Red Widow cocktail – which is a Bloody Mary with an Asian twist – another perfect Vodka cocktail for Halloween.
You may be familiar with the Grey Goose romantic cinema ad featuring a handsome cellar master from Cognac battling against local cynicism to create his new vodka. And guess what – it’s all true! Francois Thibault developed the gluten-free recipe for Grey Goose in the late ‘90s. He consulted with French pastry chefs who recommended he use winter wheat from the region known as France’s breadbasket, Picardie. The water used is spring water from a natural limestone well in Gensac-la-Pallue.
The vodka is 100% traceable from crop to cork. From harvest to milling to distillation to bottling, every step is done in France. The inside of every bottle is washed once with Grey Goose, so it’s the only liquid ever touching the bottle and every cork is macerated in Grey Goose before it closes the bottle. There’s none of the roughness sometimes found in other brands, this vodka offers a warming glow, not a raging blaze.
If you’ve ever questioned the need to use quality ingredients in cocktails, then I’d suggest finishing your autumn celebration with a toast to spring and new adventures. The French 75 is traditionally made with gin and is named after a French field gun with a mighty kick. Made with French Grey Goose vodka this elegant drink will have you planning your Channel crossing. All you need is 50 ml of Grey Goose vodka, 25 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 25ml or more of sugar syrup (made with one part sugar to one part water) – and your favourite fizz to top up the cocktail. Place the vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker over a couple of ice-cubes, shake and strain into two champagne flutes. Top with sparkling wine. Look to the future, smile and enjoy! If you want to make an Italian 75, a variation on the French 75 cocktail, check out our recipe from earlier
With thanks to Grey Goose Vodka for their support with this article.