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How to Make a Summer Pressé

Grey Goose’s master mixologist offers French-inspired cocktails DuJour

There’s an effortless elegance associated with all things French. Even the simplest item, like the lemonade or “pressé” served in French cafés, is made to order using fresh-pressed lemons, water and sugar. According to master mixologist Nick Mautone, cocktails inspired by the classic French beverage make the perfect summer drink.

“They’re easy to make using the bounty of the summer, and they’re incredibly thirst-quenching,” he says. “Plus, pressé cocktails are extremely food-friendly because the fruit flavors are balanced with bright, crisp acidity. The acidity is perfect for cutting though the richness of grilled foods, and the fruit balances out the smokiness.”

Using the basic idea of the pressé, Grey Goose developed five recipes (below) that combine its namesake vodka with seasonal ingredients. 

Original Pressé

1½ parts Grey Goose Vodka
¾ part fresh-pressed lemon juice
1½ tsp sugar
1 part club soda

Using a citrus press or your hands, press lemon to release juice into a glass filled with ice. Add vodka and sugar. Stir vigorously, and top with club soda. Garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of mint.

 

La Poire Lemon Razz Pressé

1½ parts Grey Goose La Poire Flavored Vodka
¾ part fresh-pressed lemon juice
1½ tsp sugar 6 fresh-pressed raspberries
1 part club soda 

Using a citrus press or your hands, press lemon to release juice into a glass filled with ice. Add vodka, raspberries and sugar. Stir vigorously, and top with club soda. Garnish with a raspberry and a sprig of mint.

 

L’Orange Emerald Pressé

1½ parts Grey Goose L’Orange Flavored Vodka
¾ part fresh-pressed lime juice
1½ tsp sugar
1 part club soda

 
Using a citrus press or your hands, press lime to release juice into a glass filled with ice. Add vodka and sugar. Stir vigorously, and top with club soda. Garnish with lime slices and a sprig of cilantro.

  

Le Citron Paradise Pressé

1½ parts Grey Goose Le Citron Flavored Vodka
¾ part fresh-pressed orange juice
½ tsp sugar
2 fresh-pressed strawberries
1 part club soda

Using a citrus press or your hands, press orange to release juice into a glass filled with ice. Add vodka, sugar and strawberries. Stir vigorously, and top with club soda. Garnish with sliced strawberry  and a sprig of basil.

 

Cherry Noir Citrus Pressé



1½ parts Grey Goose Cherry Noir Flavored Vodka

¾ part fresh-pressed lemon juice

1½ tsp sugar
1 part club soda

Using a citrus press or your hands, press lemon to release juice into a glass filled with ice. Add vodka and sugar. Stir vigorously, and top with club soda. Garnish with lemon slices, a cherry and a sprig of rosemary.

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