The Graduate

This clean and lean cocktail is used to toast guests of Grey Goose’s Le Voyage trips to France.

In an age when custom bitters and unusal infusions are de rigueur in cocktail bars around the world, it's refreshing to see a less-is-more approach emerge from one of Europe's top mixologists. Dimi Lezinska, Grey Goose Global Brand Ambassador, abides by a clean and lean cocktail philosophy that's reflected in this streamlined drink (minus, of course, the vodka-soaked cherries). It’s the mixer used to toast guests of Grey Goose’s Le Voyage trips to France, which explore the vodka-making process from wheat field to bottle.

“The Graduate is a toast to those who have ‘graduated’ from the program with a deeper appreciation of the spirit,” says Lezinska. “What better way to celebrate?”

1½ ounces La Poire Grey Goose Vodka
1 ounce Visciolata del Cardinale Cherry Dessert Wine
½ ounce Noilly Prat Ambré Vermouth
½ ounce Martini Bitters
Dash of Scrappy’s Bitters Lavender

Combine the vodka, dessert wine, vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir well. Finely strain into a chilled coupette (or margarita) glass, and garnish with a vodka soaked cherry (right).

For the cherries:
In a large sealable container, combine a pint of clean Basque black cherries with 1 liter of Grey Goose La Poire Vodka. Seal the container, and store it in a cool, dry place for 5 days.

Read about master mixologist Dimi Lezinska >>>

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