Say Bonjour to 5 Delicious Grand Marnier Cocktails

Grand Marnier cocktails
We dedicate this edition of Madtini to the delicious orange French liqueur Grand Marnier. The liqueur was first created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle and is made from a blend of cognacs and the distilled skins of bitter oranges. Grand Marnier uses only variety of orange, the Citrus Bigardia which are grown on their own plantation in the Caribbean. The peels are dried in the sun and then macerated and distilled to release their essence. The results are combined with aged cognac to create the final liqueur.

We’re featuring five of the most delicious cocktails from the list featured on the Grand Marnier website. Á votre santé!

Grand Cosmopolitan
Grand Sidecar
Grand Romance
Grand Mojito
Grand Ginger


Grand Cosmopolitan

Madtini Grand Cosmopolitan Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 dash lemon juice

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, vodka, cranberry juice and lemon to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Grand Sidecar

Madtini Grand Sidecar Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 3/4 oz cognac
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, cognac and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Grand Romance

Madtini Grand Romance Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash raspberry syrup*

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, cognac and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

*Raspberry Syrup Recipe
Ingredients

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Add the berries, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Stir slowly ad you cook over medium heat for 4 minutes until berries begin to release their juices.

Add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined strainer.

Return the liquid to the saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir the sugar until it dissolves, then bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the stove and let cool. The syrup can be refrigerator and stored for up to 3 weeks in a tightly sealed container.


Grand Mojito

Madtini Grand Mojito Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Half lime
  • 7 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice

Preparation
In a tall glass, add Grand Marnier and mint leaves. Add fresh lime juice from half a lime. Add ice cubes and top off with soda water.

Grand Ginger

Madtini Grand Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • Wedge of lime
  • Ice cubes

Preparation
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, pour in the Grand Marnier. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime wedge over the drink and then add the wedges to the glass.

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It’s Friday Cocktail-O-Clock – Margarita Caliente

Margarita CalienteTuesday we celebrated National Margarita Day with 6 Fiesta-Worthy Margaritas. To celebrate Friday we’ve decided to turn up the heat by adding some red chili peppers. You may want to have a glass of ice water standing by to put out the fire.

Cheers and here’s to the weekend!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • salt from rim

Preparation
Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a piece of lime, then turn the rim in a shallow plate of coarse salt. Garnish with a 2 inch piece of the chili.

Slice a red hot chili pepper into slices. Place the pieces in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add a splash of the Grand Marnier and muddle for 20 seconds or so. Add the tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, orange juice and the rest of the Grand Marnier to the cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker, then shake the mixture for 10 seconds. Strain and serve.

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Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Grand French Coffee

Grand French CoffeeOur ‘Hot Cocktails of Winter’ Series continues today with a touch of French sophistication. The aroma of the bitter orange cognac liqueur is subtle at first, but the taste and aroma of the Grand Marnier comes through clearly in every warm delicious sip.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz  Grand Marnier
  • hot coffee
  • Whipped cream

Preparation
Stir the whipped cream with a teaspoon of sugar, then place in fridge. Add the Grand Marnier to a warmed glass mug. Add the coffee then spoon in the whipped cream. Add 4 espresso beans to garnish.

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The Conga Line Cocktail – Cheers to Joan’s red dress!

Conga Line Cocktail

Conga Line Cocktail

It was Christmas in August on Mad Men last week and that meant the Christmas Office Party! Of course, it took an unexpected visit from Lee Garner Jr, heir to the Lucky Strikes fortune to get the real party started at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

But the party did indeed get started: drinks, food and Roger Sterling dressed as Santa Clause passing out cartons of cigarettes. Then there was the Congo Line, as Joan led the group around the office dressed in that red dress… in the words of Roger ‘that red dress with the bow in the back that made you look like a present.

The Mad Men fans here at Madtini Intoxicology Labs have been playing the conga line scene over and over in our heads. We decided to honor Joan the festive Conga Line with this delicious creamy blend of orange liqueur, amaretto and banana liqueur.

Cheers and happy cocktails from Madtini!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz grand marnier (or other orange liqueur)
  • 1/2 oz – Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1/2 0z – Creme de Banane
  • 1 oz half & half
  • Dash of Grenadine

Preparation

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Welcome to Derby Day 2 – The Gran Derby

Gran Derby

Gran Derby Cocktail

Just as we were starting to relax around here with our Mint Juleps, one of our intrepid Madtini interns found this drink recipe on the Interwebs. Seems the gang over at Cocktail Times had posted a delicious looking drink recipe dubbed the Gran Derby, and since it appeared we had just enough Grand Marnier left in inventory, we felt we could substitute that for the GranGala listed in the recipe.

Still two hours to post time for the Derby… cheers!

Recipe

Ingredients

2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed of course)
1/2 oz Orange juice (ditto on the freshly squeezed)

Preparation

Moisten the rim of the martini glass with a lice of lemon. Dip the rim in a small plate covered in superfine sugar to create a frosted rim. Combine the bourbon, grand marnier, lemon and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.

A Grand Crush on a Saturday Afternoon

Grand Crush

Grand Crush

Its a lazy Saturday here at Madtini Research Labs, the steaks are marinating and the crew is in a relaxed mood. What better time to make a great fresh drink using Grand Marnier, and the fresh oranges and lemons we just picked up at the market this morning. We looked around and found this recipe on the Grand Marnier web site.

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 lemon

Preparation
Cut 1/2 an orange into small pieces and place in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Crush lightly, then fill the glass with crushed ice. Top off with the Grand Marnier.

Cheers from Madtini Labs, enjoy your Saturday.

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