”Someone is putting brandy is your bonbons, Grand Marnier in your breakfast jam, Kahlua in your ice cream, Scotch in your mustard, and Wild Turkey in your cake.”
~ Marian Burros
Grand Marnier in our breakfast jam? We can’t even begin to think that’s a bad thing! Grand Marnier is known for breaking convention, just as it was when it first joined the ranks of the high-class world of liquors. Grand Marnier Day celebrates this innovative adult beverage and all of the wonderful ways it can be used.
History of Grand Marnier Day
Let’s start by answering the basic question, what exactly is Grand Marnier? Grand Marnier was the labor of love of Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, founder of the Grand Marnier brand. His ambition to blend together Haitian tropical oranges with traditional Cognac out of France was seen as entirely unexpected during its time, but that didn’t deter him at all. Since then his family name has risen to mean quality and innovation in the liquor industry and maintains a position of distinction among connoisseurs.
Nothing but the highest quality Cognac is used in the creation of Grand Marnier, specifically the Ugni Blanc grapes from within the Cognac region of France. The grapes are double-distilled in copper stills to bring out the richest aromas and delicious flavor profile. The same Cognac has been sourced since the creation of Grand Marnier in 1880. Since their first release, they’ve continued to release other groundbreaking liquors including their Cordon Jaune, produced with a neutral grain spirit instead of Cognac, and their Cuvee du Centenaire, a limited release made with 25-year-old Cognacs.
Grand Marnier day is your opportunity to celebrate this remarkable beverage and honor the traditions that led to its creation.
How to Celebrate Grand Marnier Day
The best way to celebrate Grand Marnier Day is to try out a few of the mixed drinks that can be made with it, and indulge in its rich succulent flavors.
Why not start off with a Marnier & Bubbles! All you need to do is mix Grand Marnier with Champagne or another French sparkling white wine. The proportions are 1 ounce of Grand Marnier and 4 ounces of sparkling white wine. Then, for a splash of color, add a cherry.
Or you can mix up a Grand Marnier-Ita. Simply mix 2 parts Tequila with 1 part juice of lime and mix it up. Pour it into a cocktail glass through a strainer with ice, and then add some lime wheels to finish it off.
These are just two possibilities, but countless more exist!