What to Drink at the US Open
It may get heated out there on the court, but there’s a sure fire way of cooling off at the US Open: by way of liquid refreshment. Sure, drinking alcohol at the nation’s top tennis tournament, held August 25–September 8 in Flushing, New York, can feel like a racket with cocktails that start at $12 a pop, but hanging out at one of the bars at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and watching all of the action is a winning experience worth every penny.
Since bubbles go with everything, including most of the fried fare you’ll find at the Food Village (don’t miss the tasty grilled cheese from the brand new Morris Grilled Cheese Truck by Court 17), opt for a glass of Champagne. At the Moët & Chandon Terrace, fans can buy Moët Ice Impérial Champagne for $30, served in special souvenir white goblets. (Look, they match Maria Sharapova’s skirt!) Moët Ice Impérial is meant to be poured over ice, and it will be served from a unique Moët & Chandon Champagne trunk where fans can customize their garnishes. Luckily, lemon and lime wedges, raspberries and fresh mint match well with Champagne.
Savvy at social media? Imbibers can compete via “Toastagrams,” a game created by the brand that encourages selfies of the best #MoetMoment posted via Instagram and Twitter. It may not yield prize money, but daily winners will take home a pair of Moët & Chandon goblets.
Featuring Grey Goose vodka, raspberry liqueur, lemonade and honeydew melon balls that resemble those you see flying courtside, the cleverly named drink will set you back $15 at the Grey Goose Bar. (It’s pricey, but it is the signature cocktail of the US Open.) Other refreshing vodka concoctions include the Perfect Pear ($12), made with Grey Goose La Poire vodka, St-Germain liqueur, soda water and fresh lime, and the Melon Royal ($12), a hydrating mix of Grey Goose Le Melon, lemon-lime soda and cucumber.
There are plenty of ice-cold beers at the stadium, but cider’s the new darling of the beverage world. Heineken has introduced its sweet and tart Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider ($9) at the Open, poured at the Heineken House, Heineken Red Star Café, and on a dedicated Strongbow mobile cart. Feeling competitive? Stop by the Heineken House (located above the Food Village) for games like cornhole, or try to set records as part of the Heineken Legend Setter challenge. You may not be able to break a record for holding the most tennis balls in one hand or for being the fastest to put five rackets back in their cases, but those that do are eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Finals. We’ll drink to that!
The classic mojito is comprised of muddled mint, plenty of sugar and, in this case, a hefty pour of Bacardi Superior Rum. At $12, it’s the Mojito Restaurant & Bar’s most-requested drink during the Open and the proper way to pre-game here. There are also Cuban sandwiches, a spacious outdoor patio and plenty of chances for people watching. Plus, you can have a cocktail while enjoying the match on one of the restaurant’s flat-screen TVs. Game, set, match!
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