Vodka is an endlessly adaptable and ideally flavorless spirit seemingly made for mixing. The prototype of all upscale vodkas is Grey Goose. But what are the best mixers for Grey Goose Vodka?
Here’s what’s good to mix with Grey Goose Vodka:
- Tonic water
- Club Soda
- Orange juice
- Prune juice
- Tomato juice
- Cranberry juice
- Energy drinks
Let me tell you about using each of these mixers with Grey Goose vodka.
1. Tonic Water and Grey Goose Vodka
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Tonic water made the European colonization of Africa possible.
Before the discovery of its active ingredient (the extract of the quinine tree) about half of the European colonists could be expected to die from malaria within a year of their arrival in Africa. Today, tonic water is used to give mixed drinks a bitter taste.
The vodka tonic is a perfectly serviceable drink on its own, especially when made with an upscale vodka like Grey Goose. A ratio of one part Grey Goose to three parts tonic water served over fresh ice in a highball glass, produces a great drink with or without added lemon juice or a lemon slice.
2. Club Soda Mixed With Grey Goose Vodka
Club soda (aka soda water) was invented to replicate the supposed medicinal qualities of naturally occurring mineral springs back in the Victorian Era. In the early 20th century, it became the base of numerous supposedly medicinal beverages, some of which eventually became the commercially successful sodas of today.
The vodka soda combines the simple effervescence of club soda with the alcoholic bite of vodka. Use one part Grey Goose and three parts club soda served over ice in a tallboy.
3. Orange Juice and Grey Goose Vodka
Oranges (Citrus × Sinensis) are a hybrid of the pomelo (Citrus maxima) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata), which was first grown in China in the early 4th century BCE. Today they are by far the most cultivated fruit globally, with over 79 million tons grown in 2019.
A large portion of that is used to make several million gallons of delicious orange juice every year.
The screwdriver, a combination of vodka and orange juice, is a simple and popular mixed drink. A ratio of one part Grey Goose to two parts of your choice of orange juice. Orange juice from concentrate generally has a better flavor than bottled juice.
A fun twist on the screwdriver is the Harvey Wallbanger. Take three parts (1.5 oz or 40 ml) Grey Goose, one part (0.5 oz or 15 ml) Galliano (a yellow herbal liqueur), and six parts (3 oz or 90 ml) orange juice, served over ice in a tallboy. It’s amazing!
4. Prune Juice & Grey Goose Vodka
Prune juice is made by boiling or forcing water through dehydrated plums. It is one of the more nutritious fruit juices and is traditionally believed to have a mild laxative effect.
It is also a greatly underappreciated mixer.
The piledriver is a simple vodka cocktail popular along the American Renaissance Festival circuit. It uses three parts prune juice to one part vodka. Several brands of prune juice are available in single-serving cans, so you don’t have to open an entire bottle.
5. Tomato Juice and Grey Goose Mixed Together
Tomato juice was originally invented as a last-minute substitute for orange juice. In its original incarnation, it was heavily sweetened like most fruit juices, but modern tomato juice is usually salted and mixed with onion and garlic powder.
Grey Goose and tomato juice form the base of a great Bloody Mary.
You need 2 oz (60 ml) of Grey Goose, 3 oz (90 ml) of tomato juice, 1 oz (30 ml) of lemon juice, five dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and three dashes of hot sauce. If you’re Canadian, you can add an ounce of clam juice to make a Caesar.
Whether you’re Canadian or not, the drink is served over ice in whatever glass is large enough to hold it. Celery sticks, meat sticks, small hamburgers, pizza slices, olives, and the other foods commonly used to garnish these drinks are optional.
6. Cranberry Juice With Grey Goose Vodka
In their unadulterated state, cranberries are so tart that they are often considered unpalatable.
But when juiced and mixed with a copious amount of sugar or another sweetening agent, it makes an excellent mixer.
The vodka cranberry is a great cocktail only improved by using Grey Goose over lesser vodkas. One part Grey Goose to three parts cranberry juice is a good ratio to follow. Serve in a highball over ice.
7. Coffee and Grey Goose Vodka Mix
Somehow humans did not discover the effects of the seeds of the coffee tree until the 15th CE.
The story goes that shepherds in the Ethiopian Highlands noticed their goats began to act “strangely” after eating the fruit of a certain type of shrub. The herders tried the fruit and discovered the glorious effects of caffeine.
However humans finally discovered coffee, today it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. That makes caffeine the world’s most widely consumed drug. Alcohol is in a distant second place.
Combining Grey Goose and coffee is a great way to liven up your night. You get the mood-lifting effects of the alcohol, but the caffeine keeps you from getting sleepy. This combination is commonly called “Russian coffee.”
Given the premium quality of Grey Goose, you should probably only use the best coffee available to you.
8. Mixing Tea & Grey Goose Vodka
Tea cultivation has been traced back to the Shang Dynasty in the 2nd millennium BCE China, though the oldest literary references only date back to the 3rd century CE. Tea is the second most-consumed caffeinated beverage, behind coffee, and the third most consumed beverage overall.
It also pairs brilliantly with vodka.
There are two ways to make Grey Goose tea. The quickest is to brew tea separately and simply spike it with premium vodka. But if you have time, there is another way.
Like all other vodkas, Grey Goose is a mix of water, ethanol, and a small number of fermentation byproducts. Both water and ethanol can serve as solvents to dissolve the flavor elements of tea.
You can actually even brew the tea using Grey Goose.
Boiling the vodka will risk evaporating the ethanol, so you must be careful when brewing Grey Goose tea. Alternatively, you can buy a small bottle of Grey Goose, put a few of your preferred brands of teabags into the bottle, and let the bottle sit for a few days.
9. Mix An Energy Drink With Grey Goose Vodka
While caffeinated beverages have been marketed as “energy boosters” since time immemorial, the first drink produced explicitly as an energy drink was introduced in 1927.
The first energy drink of the modern era was Jolt Cola, while the current market leaders are Red Bull and Monster. Regardless of the brand, energy drinks typically include copious amounts of sugar and caffeine.
Energy drinks were around for about 11 minutes before people started adding alcohol to them. Whether or not this is a good idea, vodka and Red Bull is a staple of many college careers. One or two oz (30 to 60 ml) of Grey Goose per can of energy drink will make for an interesting night.