July 14 marks National Grand Marnier Day and what better way to celebrate than with the obvious choice?

Grand Marnier’s first distillery was built in 1827 in Neauphle-de-Château — a small city outside of Paris. In 1880, Louis-Alexandre Marnier had the brilliant idea to mix refined French cognac with bitter orange. This particular bitter orange was a rare variety from the Caribbean. It was then that Grand Marnier was born.

Their bottling became iconic — taking inspiration from a traditional cognac still. Its long neck and amber-colored glass is tied with a red ribbon and red wax seal. What’s inside is what truly counts the most. Grand Marnier is a beautiful marriage of fine cognac and bitter orange liqueur. Six generations have carefully protected the brand and passed their savoir-faire onto the next since 1880.

Each of the brands five expressions are crafted with the unique French cognac and exotic orange bitter liqueur. This includes the Cordon Rouge, Louis-Alexandre, Cuvée Du Centenaire, Cuvée 1880, and Cuvée Quintessence.

To celebrate National Grand Marnier Day, here are three cocktails to add to your daily specials.

Grand Margarita

Grand Margarita

Grand Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Parts Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 1 1/2 Parts Espolon Reposado
  • 3/4 Parts Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Parts Agave Nectar

Garnish:  Lime Wheel. Salt Optional

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice, and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wheel.


Carley's Southern Charm

Carley’s Southern Charm

Carley’s Southern Charm

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Parts Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 4 parts Unsweetened Hibiscus Iced Tea

Preparation: Build over ice in a glass and garnish with thinly sliced oranges and fresh mint.


Grand Sangria Blanche

Grand Sangria Blanche

Grand Sangria Blanche

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 4 parts White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
  • 2 Ripe Peaches (pitted and cut into eight wedges)
  • 1 Orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 Lime, thinly sliced

Preparation: Add all of the ingredients to a punch bowl or pitcher. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve in a wine glass over ice.