Honey Deuce has become the must have Labor Day cocktail

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Some people might not know an ace from an overhead smash, but the Honey Deuce cocktail isn’t just for the tennis elite. The cocktail sold at the U.S. Open as become almost as iconic as Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream or the always refreshing Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby. Ready to shake one up?

Labor Day Weekend has New York City and the USTA Tennis Center buzzing. As each ball flies across the net, fans heads follow all the action back and forth. From that winning volley to the unforced errors, only one man and woman will raise that trophy in the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

Even if visiting the tennis center in person isn’t in the cards this year, Grey Goose is sharing how to shake up a Honey Deuce from your home bar. And, from the comfort of the couch, no one will laugh when you’re arguing with Watson over that bad line call.

Here’s how to make a Honey Deuce, the Labor Day cocktail.

Grey Goose Honey Deuce Recipe


  • 1.25 oz GREY GOOSE® vodka
  • 3.0 oz Fresh Lemonade
  • 0.5 oz Raspberry Liqueur
  • Garnish: Frozen Honeydew Melon Ball Skewer


  • Chill Collins Glass by placing in refrigerator/freezer or by filling with ice water for 5 minutes. Remove Collins Glass from refrigerator/freezer and fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins Glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer before using the melon baller). Cheers!

Now, if you do not have a melon baller, do not fret. The honeydew melon is a fun garnish for the visual, but it won’t be the end of the world if that ingredient is missing. And, if you prefer cantaloupe to honeydew, that’s ok, too. Sometimes tennis balls can be a different color.

The biggest key to this cocktail is the glass. A tall Collins Glass that is well-chilled is important. It always seems to be warm at the U.S. Open, which makes this Labor Day cocktail so refreshing. A touch tart, a little sweet and always a great sipper on a hot day.

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Whether you have a favorite tennis player still in the tournament or are just looking for a great Labor Day cocktail, the Honey Deuce is a perfect toast to the end of summer.

Have you been to the U.S. Open and enjoyed this cocktail in person? What is your favorite end of summer cocktail?