Keeping in the mood of cocktail recipes you should know, we caught up with Joe McCanta, global ambassador for Grey Goose, to learn his favourite vodka cocktails to mix-up for guests and friends.

After travelling the world as a bartender and working in some of the best bars in the world, Joe settled down in London where his concept greenhouse bar (a working bar with living plants that could deliver fresh, organic, sustainable cocktail ingredients) caught the eye of premium-vodka label Grey Goose. In his role as Global Ambassador, Joe has even been nominated for the Best International Brand Ambassador award at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. Now, however, he’s passionate about sharing his favourite pour with cocktail drinkers around the world, including us here in Brisbane.

 

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If your only experience with vodka cocktails are cosmopolitans and lychee martinis, we’re excited to share with you a few new flavours to try out this weekend, courtesy of Grey Goose. Read on to discover the vodka recipes that Joe McCanta is loving right now. Cheers!

 

Pornstar Martini

This sweet and brightly coloured classic cocktail is a bit naughty so perfect for a fun time or special occasion. Passionfruit and vanilla are two crowd-pleasing flavours and serving it with some bubbles in the passionfruit husk garnish is a unique and definite social-media worthy touch.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Grey Goose vodka
  • 15ml De Kuyper Passionfruit
  • 15ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 30ml Vanilla Syrup
  • 30ml Passionfruit Pulp

Method:

  • Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a coupette glass
  • Garnish with champagne in hollowed out passionfruit husk floated in glass

 

 

Le Grand Fizz

Nothing beats a refreshing spritz to cool down on a hot summer’s day and Le Grand Fizz is my favourite. It’s so simple to make, just Grey Goose, St- Germain Elderflower liqueur, lime juice and soda, yet will impress those you enjoy it with. Mix things up a bit by using flavoured vodka like Grey Goose Le Citron (lemon) or La Poire (pear) to perfectly suit your palate.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Grey Goose vodka
  • 20ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 4 Wedges of lime (2 squeezed at the start, 2 as garnish) 

Method:

  • Fill a wine glass with ice and add Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain and squeezed lime juice
  • Top with chilled soda water and finish with a wedge of lime on a Grey Goose stirrer

 

 

Espresso Martini

Ordering an Espresso Martini towards the end of the evening is the perfect way to signal that the night is actually only just getting started! Plus, the way I make mine (with a touch of salt and not too sweet) makes it a delicious alternative to dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Grey Goose vodka
  • 30ml De Kuyper Crème de Café
  • 20ml Fresh Espresso
  • Pinch of Salt

Method:

  • Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a coupette glass
  • Garnish with coffee beans

 

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