Cocktails at the BAFTAS
So further to my previous post (yesterday) this post combines the five cocktails served by Grey Goose at the BAFTA’s after party at the Rosewood Luxury Hotel in London, England.
Created by Master Mixologist and Grey Goose global ambassador Joe McCanta these 4 cocktails (as well as Grey Goose’s Signature cocktail – The Grey Goose Le Fizz) have been inspired by some principals that have been a theme this past year, here are what Grey Goose have to say about them:
“The four GREY GOOSE Awards Season Cocktails have been inspired by the themes of ‘Pioneering Spirit’, ‘Unconditional Love’, ‘Futurism’ and ‘Return to Retro’ which are represented by some of this year’s most acclaimed movies, in addition to Grey Goose’s ultimate celebratory cocktail, the Grey Goose Le Fizz.”
These cocktails are a combination of easy to mix and difficult to master drinks that will make you question your own tastes and also why you never thought about trying them before.
Yeah I know you probably didn’t know about them until now, but that’s not the point…
So without further ado, the cocktails of the2014 BAFTAS are:
1) The Grey Goose Le Fizz
35ml Grey Goose Original Vodka
25ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
70ml (top up) Soda Water/Champagne
- Hand-squeeze the lime juice into a tall champagne flute or large wine glass.
- Add the remaining ingredients and top up with cubed ice.
- Stir well and serve with a cocktail stirrer.
This cocktail is one of Grey Goose’s favourites, billed as the ‘signature celebratory cocktail’ it comprises of high grade vodka, fresh lime, a French elderflower liqueur and soda water to create something just a little bit special.
This cocktail is Grey Goose’s replacement for a champagne cocktail, and to be honest it works really well. I’m not one for too much champagne so a tasty alternative is always welcome. Should the Soda water be a little too ‘dry’ for your palate then try a splash of lemonade instead – it’ will taste a lot sweeter but it might be more to your tastes…
Grey Goose say: “This uniquely balanced cocktail uses soft, floral elderflower and refreshing lime to highlight the smooth, rounded taste of Grey Goose Vodka.”
2) The Martini De La Mer
2 parts Grey Goose Original Vodka
2 sprays Sea Spray Essence
- Add the ingredients to a mixing glass and stir gently over ice to chill.
- Strain into a very well chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with micro-shiso, red amaranth and a large caper.
Whilst extremely difficult to replicate, this cocktail is a very swanky deal. Using just two main ingredients this cocktail really does show off both the quality of the vodka and the smoothness of its creation. The garnishes add both to the aroma of the drink as well as the overall pleasure. The trick with this cocktail is to chill the mixture right down. This creates the body and complexity you need to really enjoy it.
Grey Goose say: “Inspired by ‘Pioneering Spirit.’ Celebrating a pioneering spirit that overcomes adversity, our signature cocktail receives a maritime makeover. Lightly spritzed with an oyster shell infused ‘sea spray’ essence, the GREY GOOSE Martini De La Mer invokes aromas of the open sea and is beautifully garnished with micro-shiso, amaranth and capers.”
3) The Lower East Side
1 part Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka
2 parts Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
1 bar spoon Grand Marnier*
A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic (Vinegar)*
- In a glass filled with cubed ice, build the grey goose & orange juice.
- Float the Grand Marnier on top and garnish with a slice of Blood Orange
- Drizzle on the Balsamic for the finished touch and serve with a stirrer.
A great penultimate drink, this cocktail is based on the Harvey Wallbanger and brings it into the new century with its taste- bud-tantalising combination of fresh blood orange, classic French spirits and a splash of the finest Balsamic. Not one for the feint of hearts and certainly not for those with an aversion of the use of Balsamic. This drink is best used to impress at after dinner events and guaranteed to blow the roof of your friends mouths (one way or another).
*the balsamic should be of a high quality to suit the drink, but as long as it is not cheap and nasty it should work. Also the Grand Marnier is one of many orange-brandy liqueurs; feel free to use your favourites.
Grey Goose say: “Inspired by ‘Return to Retro.’ A sophisticated twist on the most popular drink of the 60s, the Harvey Wallbanger, this downtown classic is a unique blend of Grey Goose L’Orange, seasonal blood orange juice and liqueur, with a slight drizzle of aged balsamic to give an intriguing gritty bite.”
4) L’Amour Moderne
2 ½ parts Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka
2 parts Fresh Pomegranate Juice
1 part Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
1 part Campari (Bitter Italian Aperitif)
1 part Passion Fruit Syrup
¼ part Fresh Lime Juice
- Combine all the ingredients over ice, in a cocktail shaker and shake until well iced.
- Double strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange zest.
This cocktail looks the most complicated, but as you can tell from the method it’s a classic mix’n’shake cocktail. But don’t let that take away from its class. This drink was created especially for Valentines and was such a hit they used it again for their awards season selection. Nothing shouts quality cocktail than that résumé.
Grey Goose say: “Inspired by ‘Unconditional Love.’ A taste of love in a modern age, passionate but bittersweet, with fresh, fruity notes. This romantic reddish-pink martini perfectly balances rich pomegranate and passion fruit flavours with sharp pink grapefruit and a bitter aperitif, strikingly garnished with orange zest.”
5) The Cosmonaut
45ml Grey Goose Le Poire (Pear)
25ml fresh lime juice
17.5ml domaine de canton ginger liqueur
1 dash cardamom bitters
- Build over a single large spherical ice cube in a spherical rocks glass.
- Garnish by skewering a space-candy-covered grape with a cocktail stirrer and serve.
This cocktail is based on futurism and boasts an all-around Sci-Fi feel. The drink is literally from the future of the cocktail scene. Flavoured vodkas have been around for a little while now, with citrus flavours being favoured over others, but more and more we are seeing different fruity flavours. The Grey Goose vodka used in this cocktail is flavoured with pear and is surprisingly refreshing; making it the perfect addition to this futuristic cocktail.
Try it with a splash of lemonade or if you’re feeling really fancy try using French champagne to really bring it all together. Only a little mind, you don’t want to go to over the top!
Grey Goose say: “A futuristic cocktail, the Cosmonaut is a refined and elegant blend of Grey Goose La Poire, ginger liqueur, fresh lime and cardamom bitters built over ‘planetary’ ice-spheres. Inspired by futurism, the space-candy rolled grape adds some playful glamour.”