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MAKE IT SWEET: How to Celebrate a Party-for-Two brought to you by GREY GOOSE®

Pop the chintzy helium balloons and skip the overpriced prix fixes. This Valentine’s Day, cuddle up with your sweetheart and celebrate everything that makes you the “Best. Couple. Ever.” with GREY GOOSE® Vodka and some ultra-indulgent chocolate.

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#1 THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Just because it’s red and heart-shaped doesn’t mean you should buy it. Skip the cellophane-sealed drugstore flair and head to a legitimate chocolatier or patisserie to custom select a box of your honey’s favorite bonbons. Like a meticulous maître de chai vetting the finest French wheat for GREY GOOSE® Vodka, make sure the ingredients are only the best.

#2 MIX IT UP
A few days before Valentine’s Day, create your own music playlist. Choose songs with sentimental value, but balance out the mood so that it isn’t all slow jams. Have a few lively tracks thrown in and at least one classic to get your groove on.

#3 ADD SOME DRAMA
Find a movie that you’ve talked about seeing even if it’s not a comedy about couples or a syrupy love story. You want the evening to be romantic, but it doesn’t need to be overstated. Think smooth and subtle like GREY GOOSE® Vodka’s clean flavor, which is created by pure spring water filtered through Champagne limestone.

#4 TAKE A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE
Sure you’ve got a bunch of pictures posted on Facebook, but when was the last time you actually sat and flipped through photos you took together…together? This is a good time to pull out the album—digital or paper—and re-live the fun you’ve had as a duo.

#5 SEAL IT WITH A KISS
Indulging in dessert for dinner is a hot culinary trend in restaurants, which is perfect for trying out at home on Valentine’s Day. Take a break from everyday sustenance and treat yourselves to a fine selection of cakes, cookies, and chocolates paired with GREY GOOSE® Vodka’s luxurious taste.

GREY GOOSE L’Orange French Kiss
This lush, chocolaty orange cocktail highlights the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth notes of GREY GOOSE® Vodka.
1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka L’Orange
1 1/2 parts white crème de cacao
Grated orange zest
Cocoa powder
Orange wedge
Moisten the outside edge of a martini cocktail glass with an orange wedge. Roll the rim of the glass in cocoa. Add the GREY GOOSE® Vodka L’Orange and crème de cacao to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir briskly. Strain into a cocktail glass and sprinkle with zest.

#6 GET CARDED
A thoughtful Valentine’s Day card is like a special toast you give to someone to keep—and re-read. Don’t simply sign a pre-fabricated card’s message; give your partner something to savor. For your message, you only need one step: Write down a few heartfelt words to let your significant other know why you think you make a great team or what you love most about him or her.

#7 PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Lower the lights and turn up the sound on a song that you both love to dance to—whether it’s a club anthem or a crackly jazz number from the 1940s.

#8 HAVE A NIGHTCAP
If you have a fireplace, light it up; if not, find some nice candles. Cozy up next to your sweetheart and clink glasses to having successfully dialed up the romance—without succumbing to any of the day’s cheesy trappings.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM GREY GOOSE® Vodka!

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©2011 GREY GOOSE, THE GREY GOOSE BOTTLE DESIGNS AND THE GEESE DEVICES ARE TRADEMARKS AND/OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS. IMPORTED BY GREY GOOSE IMPORTING COMPANY, CORAL GABLES, FL. VODKA 40 % ALC. BY VOL.; FLAVORED VODKAS EACH 40% ALC. BY VOL. - DISTILLED FROM GRAIN.

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