With the dawn of December comes the nearing of the end of the year, and the time to say goodbye to the year past and celebrate the future! In order to make sure that you spend this festive season fashionably dressed up, enjoying cherished time with friends and family, we take it upon ourselves to give you the best tips and tricks on how to truly take pleasure in your well-deserved cocktails, in style!
This time around, the old-fashioned party favors are out, and experimenting with your taste palette is in. Leave the usual (and might we add boring) wine bottle at home and opt for a cocktail for your next party. Don’t hesitate to play with ingredients, spices, and liquors for the ultimately exciting evening that will leave you with a taste to remember until next year. Might you need some inspiration for what to prepare for your beloved guests, Grey Goose is here for guidance.

With the intent in mind to inspire taking a moment for celebration with loved ones, Grey Goose, a premium French vodka brand, took the festivities to Amsterdam’s newest hotspot this holiday season. Hosting Grey Goose Ambassadors together with honorable guests from various publications, restaurant Nela saw an evening filled with joyful visitors and the true spirit of “Joie de Vivre”.

Guided by nature and made with long-standing expertise, Grey Goose is all about cherishing the moment with friends and family and the celebratory evening was no exception. Inspiring party-goers to explore their taste buds and culinary senses beyond the traditional flavors, Nela has created a twist on the classic Dry Martini, in a true forward-thinking Grey Goose fashion. At Nela, you can order a twist of original Espresso Martini namely the Roasted Espresso Grey Goose Martini to unveil something new within the cocktail world. Also highly recommended by us is the “Old Goose” that you can experience along with some of  Nela’s wonderful food pairings. The holiday menu includes exquisite dishes in the likes of Beef Ribeye Tartare with Langoustine, Chilean Seabass, and Dry Age Scottish Beef Filet, all of which only emphasize the true flavors of the Grey Goose cocktails. 

The Grey Goose party-goers had the taste of the wonderful tasting menu and newest additions to the cocktail bar, amongst which was an actor, presenter, artist, and a beloved Grey Goose ambassador Défano Holwijn, whose preferred cocktail is the iconic dry martini, classic, strong, and tasteful.

And if you decide to go out for the night or bring the festivities home, Grey Goose will always be by your side. Not sure how to make the perfect cocktail at home? We got your back! The below recipes will elevate your bartending skills and surely will give your at-home party high accolades.

Espresso Martini
50 ml Gray Goose vodka
30ml Espresso
20 ml coffee liqueur
Pinch of salt
3 coffee beans
Ice cubes

Method of preparation
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in the Gray Goose vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur
Shake well and strain into a martini cocktail glass.
Garnish with three coffee beans.

Dry Martini
50 ml Gray Goose vodka
10ml MARTINI Extra Dry Vermouth
Splash of Orange Bitter
Slice of lemon
Ice cubes

Method of preparation
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in the Gray Goose vodka, vermouth, and bitters.
Stir well and strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass.
Garnish with a slice of lemon.