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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.