Last Updated on May 11, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Variations on a Grey Goose Vodka Theme – beyond Le Grand Fizz
Did you know that Grey Goose Vodka is made in France? It was developed there by Francois Thibault, a French Cellar Master who had been more accustomed to making cognac. And, the method of producing this premium vodka is quite unique. It starts with the water that is used to produce Grey Goose, which comes from a natural limestone well in Gensac-la-Pallu in Cognac country, France. The alcohol is made with single-origin Picardy wheat which is distilled to create a premium vodka that lends itself to adding flavours during the distillation process. Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz is a simple cocktail that is made by adding St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur to the vodka along with lime juice and soda water. It’s the perfect easy summer drink!
The recipe for this Grey Goose Vodka cocktail is at the bottom of this feature – along with how to make the easiest variation – a Grey Goose Lavender Presse.
And, if you check the Grey Goose Vodka website you’ll find plenty of other variations on Le Grand Fizz. My own version of both has a slight deviation in that I had just a bottle of Grey Goose Le Citron to work with. No matter, I love citrus flavours and lemon with lime is a great mixture. So, although Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz was originally created with the natural version, I can confirm it works brilliantly with Grey Goose Le Citron.
In fact, I’ve discovered I rather like sipping Grey Goose Le Citron undiluted. It’s made with lemons from Menton in the Provence Alpes Cotes d’Azur region which are macerated together with citrus oil from lemons grown in Argentina and Brazil. Next time I want to make a Grey Goose cocktail I’ll be trying the ‘Lemon Drop’ cocktail which combines Grey Goose Le Citron with Triple Sec, more lemon and simple syrup.
We loved both the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz and the fragrant, lighter, Lavender Presse. They are both light, summer cocktail that would make a great drink to sip on a sunny afternoon. I’m looking forward to the elderflowers coming into bloom because I’m planning to try a version of Le Grand Fizz with lemon and real elderflower blossoms as a garnish.
The Lavender Presse is very delicate and fragrant.
If you’d like to try for yourself, here’s how to make Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz. You’ll need a fresh lime, soda water, St Germain and Grey Goose Vodka and plenty of ice. It’s best served in a large wine glass…with a wedge of lime to garnish.
A simple summer spritz with Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain, Lime Juice and Soda
- 35 ml Grey Goose Vodka
- 15 ml Lime Juice around half a lime
- 25 ml St Germain
- 60 ml Cold soda water
Half fill a large wine glass with ice
Add the vodka, lime juice and St Germain
Top up with soda water and garnish with a slice of lime
To make the lavender presse, use 30 ml of Grey Goose Le Citron, 15 ml of lemon juice, 1 tsp of sugar and 70ml of soda water. Proceed as for Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz, garnishing the drink with a sprig of fresh lavender.
For more inspiration, check out the Grey Goose website.