If you’re familiar with Grand Marnier, chances are you’re fond of the liqueur. Made with a blend of cognac and oranges, it’s hard not to love the rich, decadent spirit, especially when it’s mixed in cocktails. The cognac gives Grand Marnier more depth and a fuller body than other orange liqueurs, which makes it perfect to mix in both lighter, citrusy drinks as well as creamier libations. If you’re wondering how to use Grand Marnier in a cocktail, these four recipes are some of our favorites.
Grand Marnier Cocktails You Should Be Drinking
You don’t have to be a fan of the American new wave band to love this eye-catching shot. One of the last surviving members of the layered drinks category known as pousse cafés, this decadent shot is meant to be sipped alongside coffee—but you can definitely drink it in one fell swoop if you darn well please. Made with equal parts Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Bailey’s, it’s the kind of sweet shooter that even shot haters will love. It takes some time and practice to learn how to layer a cocktail, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
You might not think of hot chocolate as the drink of choice in warm, sunny Florida. But when leather jacket weather hits in The Sunshine State, Chef Miguel Santiago serves this to his guests at the Hilton West Palm Beach as they lounge beside the hotel’s outdoor fire pit. He uses smoky mezcal and creamy Bailey’s to spike the hot chocolate itself, but then tops the whole thing with a Grand Marnier-infused meringue—a nod to the perfect citrus fruits that come out of the region. It’s just the thing to warm your bones, no matter what kind of weather means winter to you.
The ubiquitous vodka cranberry is the easy-drinking libation of choice for everyone from college students to club-goers across the world—no 21st birthday or bottle service would be complete without the sweet-tart cocktail. But this version of the simple classic is all grown-up. Made with a spiced-cranberry syrup—complete with orange juice, Grand Marnier, baking spices and fresh cranberries—it’s how cranberry sauce would taste if it was spiked with vodka and topped with soda. Serve it at Thanksgiving or anytime you’re in the mood for a bold refresher.
This riff on the classic Cosmopolitan swaps out Cointreau for Grand Marnier to give the drink an extra luxurious feel—something we know Carrie Bradshaw would greatly appreciate. While Grand Marnier and simple syrup contribute some sweetness to the drink, tart cranberry juice and bright lime combine to make a libation that leans much more sour than saccharine. Topped with champagne, it’s the perfect welcome drink to serve at your next dinner party.
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