A get-together that’s relaxed but refined, planned but still casual, and takes advantage of the beauty of summer nights. The tastes are fresh and the cocktails are refreshingly remarkable, the company is engaging and the vibe is just right.

That’s how Grey Goose approaches its summer soirées.

Here’s a look at one such party, held in Toronto, along with some handy advice for hosting one of your own—complete with fantastic drinks, of course.

DSC_2229.jpgAt a sprawling private mansion in the heart of Toronto, Grey Goose hosted the city’s finest to kick off the summer season in style.

DSC_3932AThe Grey Goose Summer Soirée exuded a certain joie de vivre that is embodied by the brand itself.

DSC_3371The cocktails were simple yet elevated, the vibe was electric, and surprises throughout the night created an air of magic felt by all.

DSC_4500What kind of surprises? Well, a horse in costume for one.

DSC_3808ANot to mention a synchronized swimming performance. Clearly this gathering rose above the competition.

 

And here are five tips for hosting a soirée the Grey Goose way…

DSC_36761. Elevate the Essentials
Choose a few integral elements that are important to you—specialty cocktails, music and an hors d’oeuvres spread, for instance—and ensure they are exceptional in every way. Your guests will appreciate the attention to detail.

DSC_35292. Crowd-source the Cooking
Inviting guests to bring an appetizer helps set the casual tone and takes some of the pressure off you.

DSC_37113. Serve Small Plates
Prepare 6-8 different hors d’oeuvres or small, utensil free appetizers and plan on each guest eating 2-3 of each. Try creating smaller versions of some of your favorite dishes, like truffle mac and cheese in individual ramekins or gazpacho in a shot glass.

DSC_35774. Keep It Cool
When deciding on your menu, remember to include more cool and room temperature dishes than hot options. This will make advanced prep much easier.

DSC_36835. Rock the Cocktails
Here are three surefire crowd pleasers.

grey-goose-sodaGrey Goose and Soda

1.5 ounces Grey Goose Vodka
3 ounces soda
2 lime wheels
mint sprig

In a glass with ice, squeeze one lime wheel and discard it. Add Grey Goose Vodka, top with chilled soda and garnish with
 lime and mint.

grey-goose-l'orangeGrey Goose L’Orange and Soda

1.5 ounces Grey Goose L’Orange
3 ounces soda
2 lime wheels
mint sprig

In a glass with ice, squeeze one lime wheel and discard it. Add Grey Goose L’Orange, top with chilled soda and garnish with
 lemon and basil.

grey-goose-cherry-noirGrey Goose Cherry Noir and Soda

1.5 ounces Grey Goose Cherry Noir
3 ounces soda
2 lemon wheels
oregano branch

In a glass with ice, squeeze one lemon wheel and discard it. Add Grey Goose Cherry Noir, top with chilled soda and garnish 
with lemon and oregano.