The Perfect Dinner Cocktails with Grand Marnier

People ask me all the time, what are your favourite drinks? While that comes with many answers based on the day, time and my mood, I do love some well made, well-crafted cocktails.

So, it comes as no surprise that I enjoy Grand Marnier, and after an amazing dinner and cocktails with the brand for We Live Grand recently, I thought I would share the cocktails that made my nights so special, so you can enjoy them too.

Let’s Begin!

 

The GRAND SIDECAR

 

 

The Grand Sidecar elevates the original recipe with the introduction of an elegant complexity. Truly refreshing and perfectly balanced, the Grand Sidecar effortlessly marries the citrus notes of Cordon Rouge’s bitter orange essence with the intensity of cognac to promise an experience to behold.

 

RECIPE:

• 50ml. / 1.5oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
• 20ml. / 0.5oz. cognac
• 20ml. / 0.5oz. fresh lemon juice

 

SERVE:

  • In a cocktail shaker combine Grand Marnier, cognac and fresh lemon juice
  • Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled
  • Strain into prepared coupe glass and serve

 

This cocktail is fresh, sweet and the perfect marriage of lemon and orange.

 

 

GRAND MARGARITA

 

 

This highly refreshing cocktail pairs the sour flavour of lime with the herbal notes of tequila, while Grand Marnier’s eccentric blend of oaked cognac and bitter orange essence adds a refined smoothness and a heightened drinking experience.

 

RECIPE:

  • 30ml. / 1oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 30ml. / 1oz. tequila
  • 20ml. / 0.5oz. fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge to garnish

 

SERVE:

  • Begin by filling a wide, shallow dish with 2-3mm of fine salt. Cut a lime in half and rub around half of the glass rim
  • Then, holding the glass upside down, dip the wet half delicately into the salt, so that it adheres to the rim to a thickness of 2-3mm
  • Shake the Grand Marnier, tequila and lime juice with ice and strain into the glass
  • Apply lime wedge to the rim of the glass

 

This drink comes with a little pep in its step with the addition of tequila. Zing!

 

GRAND MAI TAI

 

 

Meaning ‘out of this world’ in Tahitian, the ethos behind the naming of the Mai Tai marries perfectly with the characteristics of Grand Marnier – inimitable and truly unique. The Grand Mai Tai allows the Cordon Rouge’s bitter orange essence to take centre stage, creating a cocktail which is unlike any other.

 

RECIPE:

  • 30ml. / 1oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 60ml. / 2oz. Appleton Estate
  • 15ml. / 0.5oz. orgeat syrup
  • 15m. / 0.5oz. fresh lime juice
  • Lime slice, mint and pineappleleaf to garnish

 

SERVE:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake briefly with ice
  • Strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass
  • Add the garnish

 

This cocktails is truly delicious and would be perfect during a formal dinner, or enjoy by the pool at a luxury resort.

 

 

GRAND OLD FASHIONED

 

 

A cornerstone of the classic cocktail resurgence, the Old Fashioned has long been the preferred serve for drinkers in the know. The addition of Grand Marnier’s signature Cordon Rouge elevates this classic from good to grand, creating a refined cocktail which is just as palatable before dinner as after it.

 

RECIPE:

  • 30ml. / 1oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 30ml. / 1oz. Wild Turkey 101
  • 3 dashes Angostura
  • Orange twist to garnish

 

SERVE:

  • Cocktail to be built “in glass”
  • Dash Angostura first, next add GrandMarnier, followed by the whisky
  • Preferably, add large ice cube and stir untilwell incorporated and cold
  • Garnish with orange twist, expressing oils over the surface of the cocktail and placed on lip of cocktail glass

 

I love a good old fashion and this takes the sweetness from the orange and weaves it in beautifully in this cocktail to create a layered and balanced cocktail, that is the perfect Old Fashioned.

 

GRAND COLLINS

 

 

A playful yet elegant riff on the traditionally gin-based Tom Collins, the Grand Collins wonderfully showcases the cognac notes of Grand Marnier, allowing the true complexity of the liquid to sing. An orange twist and eccentric garnish (raspberry/grape) replaces the customary lemon slice and maraschino cherry to inject eccentricity while symbolising the signature characteristics of the Cordon Rouge.

 

RECIPE:

  • 50ml. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange zest
  • Eccentric garnish (raspberry/grape)

 

SERVE:

  • Place the ice cubes in a highball glass and add Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, before adding the fresh lemon juice
  • Top up with soda water and stir well before adding the orange zest
  • Finish by adding the eccentric garnish

 

Simple, light and refreshing. Period.

 

 

GRAND TONIC

 

 

Capitalising on the ever-popular gin and tonic movement, the Grand Tonic is a majestic creation of refined simplicity. Reimagined with the presence of Grand Marnier in place of gin, the bitterness of the quinine perfectly complements the richness of bitter orange to create the ultimate refreshment, while the orange slice and eccentric garnish effortlessly reflect the multi-dimensional Cordon Rouge.

 

RECIPE:

  • 50ml. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • Tonic water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice
  • Eccentric garnish (raspberry/grape)

 

SERVE:

  • Place the ice cubes in a balloon glass and add Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • Top up with tonic water and stir well before adding the orange slice
  • Finish by adding the eccentric garnish

 

Grand indeed, and stubbly sweet with the addition of orange slices.

 

So, there you have it, the full listing of the perfect cocktails so you too can enjoy these delights at home for yourself. The only thing we ask is that you always share with friends. Isn’t that what it’s all about, enjoying great company, in a wonderful location, over a superb cocktail.

 

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Grand Marnier and ADDICTED Media Inc.

 

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Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!
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