ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Grey Goose Vodka

Updated on October 3, 2009

A hub tribute to Grey Goose vodka: the greatest vodka on the planet!

What it is...

Other than the best vodka on the market.

Grey Goose is a relatively new brand that single handedly created the Ultra Premium Vodka category. It is distilled in Cognac, France from French wheat, imported to the United States by the Sidney Frank Importing Company. In 1997, it quickly gained a reputation for quality and has won several prestigious awards in distilled spirit competitions. The first French vodka, Grey Goose has some "copy cat" competitors in the French vodkas: Nuage, Idol, and Cîroc are all now on the market. These vodkas are sold mostly in North America and are all marketed as Ultra Premium brands; though none of the newcomers can lay a hand on Grey Goose in terms of taste, quality or sales.

A little history...

Unlike vodkas with a long history, Grey Goose was made specifically for the US market in 1997 as the brainchild of Sidney Frank, a self-made billionaire. His concept was to create a super-premium vodka for Americans. He took note of and ran with the perception of French manufacturing having a high quality by quickly dispatching a team to Europe to develop the recipe and find a suitable distillery. As a result, Grey Goose was invented!
Grey Goose uses French winter wheat from the south of Paris, distilled in a continuous still. They use alpine spring water that has been filtered through the champagne limestone plateau of the Massif Central. The distillation takes place in the Cognac region of France.
Grey Goose was sold in 2002 as the largest ever single brand sale for $2.2 billion, in cash, to Bacardi, who thankfully hasn't altered the brand, design or flavor.

The Genius Behind the Goose...

When Sidney Frank created Grey Goose, he priced it well above established competitors at $30 per bottle where others such as Absolut were around $15-17 per bottle. This high price in conjunction with the "story" of its French roots contributed to perception of quality. Frank's strategy proved successful, as Grey Goose was a financial hit and led to significant changes in the market, even creating the Ultra Premium category in liquors. Grey Goose is attributed with being a major inspiration for the various other high-priced vodkas, and although some may say that hype and marketing is all Grey Goose has, the brand remains at the top of the vodka sales. Against increasing competition Grey Goose stands tall and will remain there with its superior quality.

Sidney Frank was also behind the success of Jaegermeister prior to launching Grey Goose. Jager is a fantastic beverage in both sales and taste. Although Jagermeister is considered at best an "acquired" taste, he managed to boost its popularity to record levels through brilliant marketing. Before his death on January 10, 2006 at the age of 86, his final projects included "Crunk!!!" energy drink, a joint venture with hip-hop entrepreneur Lil' Jon, and a premium tequila named Corazon. Keep your eyes out for Corazon making it huge against other top shelf tequilas.

The Finer things in Life...

I first tasted Grey Goose at ASU during my wild college years :) Everybody was thrilled to have such a high end drink at our party. The bottle itself is nearly a work of art. It was surely an event as everyone passed it around and tasted it. Although not a huge vodka fan at the time, I instantly recognized Grey Goose's superior taste and became a fan for life. Vodka is supposed to a be an odorless, tasteless liquid according to the FDA, but ask anyone who's ever taken a shot weather or not vodka has a flavor...rubbing alcohol ;) There is definitely a difference between one vodka and another; and Grey Goose is superior in my opinion.

Grey Goose is not cheap. This vodka is suited more for special occasions than for a night out with the guys. I prefer to mix Grey Goose in combinations that don't spoil or take away from its quality, use the cheap stuff for your Jungle Juice!!! Grey Goose should be enjoyed in simple mixes or recipes that require a fair amount of preparation i.e. The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini.

There are as many drink recipes for vodka it seems as there are stars in the sky. Below are a few of the best, most popular and strangest recipes suited to an Ultra Premium vodka.



Recipe: Perfect Lemon Drop Martini 

1 1/2 oz Grey Goose vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 tsp superfine sugar
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mix the Grey Goose vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice cubes. Shake well to make sure sugar is blended. Pour strained liquor into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.

NOTE: To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into sugar.

Recipe: Chocolate Carmel Martini 

1 1/2 oz Grey Goose vodka
1 1/2 oz Bailey's Irish cream
3 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
3 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur

Mix ingredients in mixing cup with ice. Shake, pour into chilled cocktail glass, and enjoy.

Recipe: Tokyo Rose 

1 part Grey Goose vodka
1 part sake rice wine
1 part Midori melon liqueur

Mix equal parts in a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Recipe: I See Dead People 

1/2 oz Everclear alcohol
1/2 oz Bacardi 151 rum
1/2 oz Grey Goose vodka
1/2 oz Wild Turkey 101 bourbon whiskey

Combine all ingredients in a glass, serve over ice or divide up and serve as shots.

Recipe: Dripping Wet Pink 

1 oz Grey Goose vodka
2 oz creme de cacao
2 ice cubes
4 maraschino cherries
1 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
top with milk

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao, ice cubes, cherries and juice in a sherry glass. Stir, top with milk, stir again and serve.

Recipe: Grey Goose and Red Bull 

1 oz Grey Goose vodka
6 oz Red Bull

Combine Ingredients over ice, substitute Red Bull for any other energy drink to keep it fresh.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Grey Goose is NOT the greatest vodka on the planet. What an absurd claim! The greatest vodkas on the planet are in Russia and NEVER exported. The only way to get your hands on a bottle is to travel to Russia, plunk down a considerable amount of cash from a reputable dealer (and counterfeiting is basically legal in Russia for all intents and purposes - so you could still be buying junk if you don't know what you are doing there).

    • applejuic3 profile image


      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      i've never had grey goose before... i think i have to try it now!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)