The famous Honey Deuce has been a US Open staple for 15 years.
The 2022 US Open will be no exception, with tennis enthusiasts rushing to retail outlets to buy a refreshing cocktail made with Gray Goose vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry Chambord.
Whether it’s New York City’s passion for tennis or the light buzz at Honey Deuce, the US Open is known to have some of the loudest fans in the stands, making for an unforgettable experience.
Ahead of the New York Grand Slam due to start on August 29th and run through September 11th, here’s everything you need to know about the US Open’s official drink:
Why did Honey Deuce become a US Open staple?
Many sporting events have a signature drink, whether it’s a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby or lemonade in the pit lane at the Indy 500.
The refreshing Honey Deuce from the US Open was popular with the New York crowd and comes in a cup that lists all past Grand Slam champions.
The US Open gets a little brighter as the fans sip on their alcoholic drink.
Where Does The Last Name Honey Deuce Come From?
Honey Deuce got its name from the word deuce, which is used in tennis when the score is 40-40.
The honey melon skewers imitating tennis balls will provide fans with an unforgettable experience.
How long has Honey Deuce been in the US Open?
Honey Deuce debuted in 2007 as the official cocktail of the US Open.
How many Honey Deuces are on sale at the US Open?
The US Open has sold over 1 million Honey Deuces since it was introduced at the event.
Approximately 250,000 vehicles were sold in 2019.
The 2020 US Open had no fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Honey Deuce cocktail set was introduced for people to enjoy at home.
How much does a honey deuce cost?
This year, the drink is $22 and comes in a US Open glass that customers can keep as a souvenir. In the past, its cost has ranged from $18 to $20.
Who created Honey Deuce?
In 2006, US Open sponsor Gray Goose asked Nick Mouton, a respected restaurateur who was a managing partner of Gramercy Tavern, to come up with a signature vodka drink for the annual US Open.
The drink needed to be refreshing and easy to make due to the high volume that Slam can create.
The idea of the drink also had to complement the idea of a baseball stadium-style cocktail and universally delicious taste.
After a couple of unsuccessful drinks, including one with rosemary syrup and lemon zest, Mouton created a mini-spherical melon drink that resembled tennis balls.
Since then Honey Deuce has been a huge hit and they even added a frozen or “frozen” option.
What are the ingredients of Honey Deuce?
A simple but delicious cocktail consists of four ingredients:
1.25 oz. Gray Goose Vodka
3.0 ounces fresh lemonade
0.5 oz raspberry liqueur
Decoration: honey melon skewer