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The legal drinking age varies depending on the country. In Canada, it’s either 18 or 19 years old depending on the province.
It is important to check the alcohol laws before you visit a new country or state, and no matter the legal age, make sure you always drink responsibly.Learn more
To shake a cocktail, add combined ingredients and cubed ice to a shaker. Ensure the top of the shaker is sealed with a tap. Shake for 10 – 15 seconds. To release the shakers, tap with the palm of your hand where the top and bottom shakers meet. Hold a Hawthorne strainer against the wall of the shaker, tilt at about a 45° angle, and pour your drink through the strainer into the glass of your choice.Learn more
Rolling a cocktail is a simple technique used not only to mix the drink but to chill and aerate as well. To roll a cocktail you’ll need a set of shakers. In one shaker add the ingredients of your cocktail and fill halfway with ice, then pour the contents from one shaker to the other 5 to 6 times before serving. Want to test your skills? Try making a Bloody Mary with GREY GOOSE® Vodka. Check out other bartender tools and tips to elevate your home mixology.Learn more
Muddling is a simple way to elevate your cocktails. Add fresh berries or herbs to your glass and press down with a muddler or spoon to draw out the fresh flavours. Want to test your skills? Try making the Dirty Martini Cocktail made with GREY GOOSE® Vodka. Check out other bartender tools and tips to elevate your home mixology.Learn more
A cocktail should be stirred slowly and deliberately. You can think about keeping the bottom of the spoon up against the inside of the mixing glass to create a nice, smooth stir. A bar spoon can be a great tool in any mixologist’s bar cart. Typically, it’s best to mix a cocktail for about 40 seconds. Stirring a cocktail can be a mindful, meditative process, allowing you to craft your cocktail with care.Learn more
Much like how you can enjoy the nuanced taste of GREY GOOSE® Vodka by itself, you can also appreciate the taste of our flavoured products, bursting with fruit flavour, on its own. You can pour any of our flavoured vodkas over ice for a flavourful drink, but you may prefer to serve it with soda water for a super simple cocktail.Learn more
There are a variety of simple drinks you can order at the bar with vodka, many with only two ingredients. These drinks are not only easy to make at home, but also just about any bartender will instantly know what you want and can whip them up in no time. Of course there’s the classic vodka soda, or even Vodka Lime and Soda, for a drink that lets the nuanced taste of GREY GOOSE® Vodka really shine through. A vodka tonic is similar to the vodka soda, but it uses tonic water instead of soda water, which makes it slightly more bitter and complex. You can also ask for a Vodka Cranberry for a fruitier drink.
Two additional drinks are more difficult to make, but they’re such classics that any bartender ought to be able to easily craft them: the Moscow Mule (but we’re partial to calling it a French Mule) and the Bloody Mary, the classic brunch drink.
And of course you can always order a Classic Dry Vodka Martini Cocktail. While martini cocktails technically only require two ingredients, there are many ways to customise your serve. We’ve broken it all down for you in one editorial: see how to order a martini cocktail at a bar.Learn more
While both the Bloody Mary and the Caesar are very similar, there’s one big difference in ingredients between the two. They each have a vodka base, but Bloody Marys feature tomato juice, while Caesars make use of clamato, a combination of clam and tomato juice. Also, even though both are popular brunch drinks, the Caesar is really only well-known in Canada. Learn how to make a Bloody Mary bar for your next brunch.Learn more
Pre-mixing cocktails is a great idea for serving a large party, or even just to help you save time throughout the week. How far in advance you can make a mixed drink depends on the drink’s individual ingredients. Something spirit-forward, like a martini cocktail, will last longer than something with perishable ingredients, like a fruity drink. Figure out the amount of time all ingredients will last and then consider the shortest one your answer.Learn more
Flavoured vodka opens a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to mixology. The flavours can either enhance or balance out other ingredients within the cocktail. You can filter all our cocktail recipes by product, so you can see options for La Poire, L’Orange and Le Citron flavoured vodkas. And of course any of these flavours would shine through when mixed with soda in a DIY vodka seltzer.Learn more
GREY GOOSE® Vodka can be enjoyed straight, with a mixer, or as part of a wide array of creative cocktails. Visit our Cocktails section for some great suggestions. Looking for lighter options? Check out the lighter side of cocktails. If you decide to drink GREY GOOSE straight, keep these vodka tasting notes in mind.Learn more
At its most basic level, a martini cocktail tastes like its principal ingredient: vodka or gin. You will also be able to pick up on the herbaceous and slightly sweeter taste of the vermouth (a fortified wine). Additionally, cocktail garnishes can go a long way in changing the flavour profile. All that said, a large part of the martini cocktail flavour comes from its spirit. That’s why it’s so important to choose a premium vodka. And GREY GOOSE® is a vodka full of character, made from the finest French wheat.Learn more
There is a difference between shaken and stirred martini cocktails, and we recommend you stir a martini cocktail. While some notable pop culture icons may have preferred theirs shaken, not stirred, we beg to differ. If you shake a martini cocktail, it can produce ice chips in an otherwise crystal-clear cocktail, and that can add up to 10% more water. Because of this, we suggest you stir a martini cocktail gently. Get tips on how to make a martini cocktail at home.Learn more
Simply put, a martini cocktail is made of three ingredients: alcohol, vermouth and garnish. While gin is sometimes used as the spirit, we’re quite partial to premium vodka made without compromise. Vermouth is a fortified wine that lends some herbaceous flavour and complexity to the cocktail. Garnishes are often olives or lemon twists. These three things are what makes a martini cocktail a martini cocktail. While the ingredients may be simple, there are many ways to mix it up. You can play with proportions to make it drier or wetter, or add olive brine to make it dirty. Learn how to make a martini cocktail at home or order one at a bar to experiment and find the right one for you.Learn more
There can be as many olives in a martini cocktail as you like. It’s your cocktail, and you can make it how you want it. However, martini cocktails are often served with three olives, the Dirty Martini Cocktail in particular. This may be because some martini cocktail lovers like to have a salty snack to eat throughout their cocktail, from first sip to last drop.Learn more
What makes a martini cocktail dry is a lower level of vermouth – a dry martini cocktail has a low vermouth to vodka ratio. The less vermouth you put in, the drier a martini cocktail becomes. More vermouth? That means it’s a wet martini cocktail. (The vermouth used in martini cocktails is called “dry vermouth” so the more dry vermouth you put in, the wetter a martini cocktail becomes.)
Want to make a dry martini cocktail yourself? Find out how to make a martini cocktail at home.Learn more
The quality of the vodka in your martini cocktail matters, which is why we recommend GREY GOOSE® Vodka. Because a vodka martini cocktail is made from just a few ingredients, the spirits do not have many places to “hide.” You want a vodka that is made without compromise – one that truly shines. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is the quintessential vodka for the quintessential cocktail.Learn more
A Lemon Drop Cocktail’s ingredients are GREY GOOSE® Le Citron Flavoured Vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and simple syrup. While it may be served in a martini cocktail glass, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s considered a martini cocktail. All vodka martini cocktails must contain vodka and vermouth to earn that designation.Learn more
A Cosmopolitan or Cosmo Cocktail is a drink made with GREY GOOSE® L'Orange Flavoured Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. It is often served in a martini cocktail glass, but that alone doesn’t make it a martini cocktail. To be considered a vodka martini cocktail, the drink must contain vodka and vermouth.Learn more
A vodka martini cocktail is a spirit-forward cocktail and the amount of alcohol in the cocktail depends on the ingredients you use and how you make your martini cocktail. Its prime ingredients are vodka and vermouth, both alcoholic spirits. Vodka has a standard alcohol concentration of 40% ABV. Vermouth has an alcohol content lower than vodka but higher than wine – around 14% - 22%. The total amount of alcohol in a martini cocktail will depend on the proportion of vodka to vermouth. A drier martini cocktail (containing more vodka than vermouth) will have a higher alcoholic content than a wetter martini cocktail (heavier on the vermouth) of the same size. If you're looking for a lower ABV option, maybe try the Long Martini Cocktail, a tall serve that includes ginger ale and ice.Learn more
While a French martini cocktail isn’t technically a martini cocktail, it has that name in part because it’s often served in a martini cocktail glass. One thing that puts the “French” in “French martini cocktail” is a key ingredient: the Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur that’s been made in France since 1685. Our French Martini Cocktail is especially French, given that every drop of Grey Goose is made in France as well.Learn more
In bartender terminology, neat means straight out of the bottle—no ice, no mixers, no other ingredients. So a neat martini cocktail, while uncommon, would mean straight, unchilled vodka — no vermouth. (Typical martini cocktails contain vodka and vermouth.) While the nuanced flavour of naturally tasteful GREY GOOSE® is wonderful on its own, there are many ways to enjoy a vodka martini cocktail, including dry (a little vermouth), wet (a lot of vermouth) or dirty (with olive brine).Learn more
The liquor base for an espresso martini cocktail is vodka. We recommend choosing a premium unflavoured vodka made with the finest ingredients to help the drink truly shine. The drink also incorporates a coffee liqueur. Get our recipe for the Espresso Martini Cocktail, or explore all the different variations of one.Learn more
There are lots of ways to make a martini cocktail at home, including uniquely flavoured ones such as the espresso martini cocktail. This classic, coffee-flavoured drink contains vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, a pinch of salt and three coffee beans for a traditional garnish.Learn more
GREY GOOSE® Vodka and flavoured vodkas contain zero carbs per 30ml serving. Keto diet plans focus on keeping your level of carbohydrates low, and they also may suggest limiting alcoholic beverages. So GREY GOOSE® could fit into your plan depending on your preferences and goals. Learn more about calories in GREY GOOSE® products and about our products being gluten-free.Learn more
GREY GOOSE® Vodkas are made from single origin Picardie wheat and water from our natural limestone well in Gensac-La-Pallue using a distillation process to craft a gluten free vodka* and flavoured vodkas.
*Similar to all vodkas made with distilled alcohol and no additives.Learn more
National Moscow Mule Day is March 3rd in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime. As a French vodka company, we like to call ours the French Mule. Grey Goose also has a Holiday Mule with cranberry juice for a festive twist.Learn more
National Cocktail Day falls on March 24 in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, while World Cocktail Day is on May 13, meaning you have two opportunities to celebrate. Why not toast the holiday by making a cocktail at home, ordering a martini cocktail at your favourite spot, or pairing food and cocktails at a dinner party?Learn more
National Martini Day is June 19th in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. The martini cocktail is one of the best-known drinks worldwide and can be served many different ways. Join GREY GOOSE® in celebrating with the popular vodka martini, dirty martini or one of our other favourite vodka martinis, and impress your friends with facts about the history of the martini. If you want to celebrate at a bar or restaurant, learn how to order a martini cocktail like a pro!Learn more
National Vodka Day is October 4th in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Vodka is a versatile spirit that accounts for nearly 25 percent of spirits sold in North America. Join Grey Goose in celebrating the day with one of our favourite vodka cocktails.Learn more
These distilled spirit specialties are no longer available in Canada:
GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Flavoured Vodka
GREY GOOSE® Le Melon Flavoured Vodka
GREY GOOSE® La Vanille Flavoured Vodka
GREY GOOSE® VX
GREY GOOSE® Ducasse
However, there are other Flavoured Vodkas and the original Grey Goose Vodka we hope you explore.Learn more
You may have heard a rumour that the Kirkland Signature™ brand vodka sold at Costco is actually GREY GOOSE® Vodka, just in different packaging. We can definitively put this myth to rest. This viral claim is completely false, and GREY GOOSE® Vodka does not produce nor privately label Kirkland vodka.
While both vodkas may use water from France’s Cognac region, the origin of the wheat in the Kirkland brand is undisclosed. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is only made from two ingredients: water from our own well in Gensac-la-Pallue and the finest French wheat. Every part of the production process is done in France.
Furthermore, the Kirkland brand states that their product is distilled five times. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is distilled only once to preserve the naturally tasteful qualities of our signature winter wheat.Learn more
The origins of the word “cocktail” are varied and highly debated. One theory posits that long ago, English sailors enjoyed mixed drinks in a Mexican tavern that contained a sort of stirrer made from a plant called cola de gallo, which means “cock’s tail” in English. They then brought that name back to England, which later made its way to America.
Others say the word originated in America, where in New Orleans they served a mixed drink in a French egg cup called a coquetier, which was later pronounced by English speakers as “cocktail.”
New York also lays claim to the origin story. There’s the theory that bartenders used to pour the leftovers of liquors into a barrel, where people could pour a cheap drink from the spigot, which is also known as a cock. So they drank the mixed dregs of alcohol cobbled together by the tail end of a cock.
No matter the origin of the word, one thing we can all agree on is cocktails sure are delicious. Browse all of our cocktail recipes to find one you’ll love.Learn more
Whether vodka goes bad or expires will depend on a variety of factors, including proper storage. Most alcohol will remain drinkable indefinitely if it is unopened. It’s also unlikely that opened alcohol will “go bad” or be unsafe to drink as its high alcohol content protects it from germs. That said, its taste can definitely be altered. Light, temperature and air can change the way vodka tastes. Keep vodka in a cool, dark place to help preserve its flavour for as long as possible. To go a step further, we recommend storing GREY GOOSE® in the fridge to keep it beautifully refrigerated, ready to mix and perfectly preserved. Flavoured vodkas have a shorter shelf life due to the added flavours. It’s best to enjoy these within 90 days of opening. If you notice a strange smell to your vodka, you don’t want to not drink it. If in doubt, throw it out.Learn more
Vodka spritzers or vodka spritzes are simple cocktails containing vodka, soda water (or something else bubbly) and fruit juice, typically served over ice. They can be a nice lower ABV option. For some of our favourite recipes, check out the Lemon & Ginger Spritz, Sparkler Spritz or Surf Spritzer.Learn more
The answer to this question is a little complicated. Gin can be classified as a botanically infused vodka. Vodka is called the “conception spirit” as it can be seen as the base from which other spirits are derived. So if you add traditional gin botanicals, like juniper, you can make gin from vodka.Learn more
Vodka is one of the most popular spirits in the world, and for good reason. Its delicate taste makes it a wonderful base for a wide variety of cocktails, from fruity Cosmopolitans to more bittersweet Espresso Martini Cocktails to spicy and savoury Bloody Marys. It’s especially popular in the classic, spirit-forward Vodka Martini Cocktail. We also believe premium vodka by itself has a smooth, nuanced taste that’s uniquely palate pleasing.Learn more
Popular belief tells us that vodka is improved the more times it is distilled; this perception is fueled by an industry that has entered a distillation arms race. In truth, when vodka is overdistilled, there is a risk of stripping out all the flavour of the base ingredients. Let's contrast that with GREY GOOSE’s unique distillation process that is designed to express the character of the ingredients. GREY GOOSE® uses just two high-quality ingredients, soft single-origin Picardy winter wheat and spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue in France. Learn more about how this vodka is made, how to taste vodka and the story of GREY GOOSE® from crop to cork.Learn more
GREY GOOSE® Vodka is made from just two ingredients: soft single-origin winter wheat from Picardy, France, and spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue in France. Only GREY GOOSE® Vodka ever touches the inside of a GREY GOOSE® bottle. Learn more about the story of GREY GOOSE® from crop to cork, and how to taste vodka to truly sharpen your vodka knowledge.Learn more
GREY GOOSE® Vodka comes in a wide variety of sizes with the biggest bottle being 3L. In Canada, our bottles are available in volume options of 50ml, 200ml, 375ml, 750ml, 1L, 1.14L, 1.75L and 3L. You can buy GREY GOOSE® Vodka online or find it at a store near you. Bottles sizes may vary depending on location and availability.Learn more
Vodka does freeze, you just may never see it happen. Take this at-home experiment, for example. You may have put vodka in the freezer and noticed something—it doesn’t freeze, no matter how long you leave it in there. That’s because its freezing point is much lower than that of water. Because vodka contains 40% alcohol, it won’t freeze over until around -23 degrees Celsius, much lower than your typical freezer, which is around -18 degrees Celsius.Learn more
Vodka, like most straight spirits, has sufficient alcohol to make it very shelf stable. But keep in mind that extended exposure to high temperatures or sunlight can impact taste, and you should always make sure to seal opened bottles properly after use. To keep your bottle at its best, we recommend storing GREY GOOSE® Vodka in a cool, dark place.Learn more
In Canada, a standard shot of vodka is considered to be 43ml. Of course, different units of measure may be called a shot as well, such as a double shot. It may vary from bar to bar and country to country.Learn more