US Open Tennis Drink : FLUSHING MEADOWS, N,Y. – A visit to the US Open will provide you with deep tennis drama and an up-close glimpse of the greatest players in the world.
It will also diminish your net worth.
Keen on a $25 glass of champagne (Moet and Chandon, you get to keep the glass)? A $29 lobster BLT? Or perhaps a $23 acai bowl?
If you want to fly through money faster than a John Isner serve, you have come to the right place.
Of course, you don’t go to sports venues for bargain prices. That’s understood. But the Open has long been on the leading edge of price-gouging.
The signature cocktail of the event – the Honey Deuce – is made with Grey Goose vodka, raspberry liquor, lemonade and topped with a honeydew melon ball. It will cost you $18 and you get to keep the plastic cup.
The Honey Deuce has been the event’s official drink since 2007, with more than 1,000,000 served, according to Forbes.
A foot-long hot dog is $9.50, and with the $8.50 waffle fries, it’s a tasty, if not healthy, lunch. Or you could go for three tiny tacos – chicken or pork – for a mere $16. Naturally, you will be thirsty, so you can wash the tacos down with a bottle of Evian for $7.50.
And don’t forget dessert at the Ben & Jerry’s stand, offering a small scoop for $6.50 or a shake for $11.
Rain has pelted Queens on a couple days of the fortnight, which naturally made the official towel of the US Open a coveted item at $48.
And while perusing the US Open Collection, visitors also can check out the $96 polo shirts and the $86 hoodies.
Larry Williams of Queens was at the Open on Labor Day with his uncle, who bought two orders of chicken fingers and fries, and a big water. The cost? $33.50.
The Kentucky Derby has the Mint Julep, Wimbledon has the Pimm’s Cup, and when it comes to the U.S. Open, nothing is quite as iconic in the cup as the Honey Deuce. The official drink of the Open for more than a decade, the Honey Deuce (the name is a play on the the tie score of 40-40 known in tennis as “deuce” as well as the tennis ball-esque honeydew melon balls that garnish the drink ) is a tasty and refreshing mix of vodka, lemonade, and raspberry liqueur that is sure to get your tastebuds ready for the serve. Whether you’re heading to the tournament or watching at home, here are the secrets to recreating the Open’s favorite drink.
1 1/4 oz. Grey Goose vodka
3 oz. Fresh squeezed lemonade
1/2 oz. Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
Frozen honeydew melon balls for garnish
1. Fill a chilled highball glass with ice and add Grey Goose vodka.
2. Top with lemonade and then add Chambord.
3. Garnish with skewer of honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer beforehand, then to create melon balls, use a melon baller).