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When Goose is best served chilled under the sparkle of the Christmas lights

Grey Goose served chill for Christmas
Grey Goose served chill for Christmas

By Paula Gracey

It’s going to be the hottest seat in downtown Belfast this Christmas, quite literally.

The new Grey Goose Vodka balcony at the very cosmopolitan Cafe Parisien, overlooking Belfast City Hall, has quickly become an in-place. It is going to be even more popular now for its stunning festive views of the Christmas lights and market. And to make sure you are warm and comfy in the open air, they’ve thoughtfully provided overhead heat lamps.

They won’t cook your Goose; that’s served chilled, just as it should be in all manner of ways.

You can’t visit the Grey Goose balcony without trying the vodka it is named after.

The increasingly popular French vodka prides itself on being 100% traceable from crop to cork with every step in the process carried out in its country of origin. Grey Goose is also  gluten free and made from just two ingredients – single use Picardie wheat and water, that’s it.

As well as the original Grey Goose, some new products have been added to the line. Grey Goose La Poire is pear flavoured with a crisp, smooth taste, L’Orange has a crisp, zesty orange flavour (a kilogram of oranges goes into every litre), Le Citron uses essential oils from the world’s finest lemons and La Vanille uses natural Madagascan Vanilla Beans to create bold caramalised toffee notes with subtle hints of chocolate and almond.

Needless to say, they are an excellent base for all manner of cocktails and I just had to try some of the Cafe Parisien creations – purely in the name of research of course.

Prices range from £9.95 to £11.95 which gets you such delights as the Grey Goose Espresso Martini using the Grey Goose La Vanilla, Kahlua and espresso, so good! Or what about a Grey Goose Cosmopolitan using the Grey Goose L’Orange, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice and orange bitters – fun, fruity and delicious. Or for something fizzy and refreshing, try the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz using Grey Goose L’Original, St Germaine liqueur, soda water and lime.

You can of course, create your own cocktails at home with Grey Goose or look at their website for lots of inspiration – I rustled up ‘Between the Sheets’ - 35ml Grey Goose L’Orange, 20ml Benedictine, 5ml Triple Sec and fresh lemon, a dash of simple syrup and bitters all whacked into a cocktail shaker, strain and serve – perfect.

A Midsomer Martini conjures thoughts of warmer weather and consists of 35ml Grey Goose, 10ml each of Chartreuse and Fino Sherry, add a dash of orange bitters, shake, strain and serve again. The possibilities are endless… pull up a seat on the balcony and let loose the Goose.

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