Grand Marnier is the top-shelf orange liqueur that is beloved by people all over the world, and Grand Marnier cocktails are hugely popular.
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Grand Marnier was started nearly 200 years ago when a man named Jean Baptiste Lapostolle created a fruit liqueurs distillery in a small village outside of Paris, France called Neauphle-le-Château. His granddaughter married a wine merchant with the surname of Marnier, and that’s how this delicious liqueur got its name.
How to drink Grand Marnier? You can drink Grand Marnier straight up without ice or mixers, but Grand Marnier mixed drinks bring a whole new level of sophistication to the world of cocktails.
Did you know that the Grand Marnier brand has five different products? The Grand Marnier collection includes Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier Louis Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle (the founder of the company), Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, Grand Manier Cuvee 1880, and Grand Marnier Cuvee Quintessence.
What’s the difference between the different types of Grand Marnier? The first difference you’ll notice is probably the price.
Otherwise, all of the Grand Marnier products have unique blends of exotic bitter orange liqueur and fine French cognacs.
Out of all of those products, the Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is the one most of us are accustomed to seeing.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is a vanilla-flavored cognac that has hints of candied orange zest. The bitter orange flavor is balanced by cognac that has notes of toffee and hazelnuts.
Ready to learn some amazing Grand Marnier drink recipes? Let’s dive in!
Sometimes, keeping it super simple is the best way to go, and perfect simplicity is what you get with simple bourbon and Grand Marnier cocktails.
Make sure you use true bourbon, which must be aged for at least two years in new charred oak barrels that have good airflow.
This recipe calls for Grand Marnier, good bourbon, sweet vermouth, and fresh lemon juice.
Garnish your Grand Marnier and bourbon cocktail with a lemon slice and serve on the rocks.
When a cocktail is so simple, sometimes it is just “beautiful,” and that’s exactly why The Beautiful Cocktail is called that.
The Beautiful cocktail is also sometimes called a French Connection Number 2.
This recipe follows the theory of the B&B (brandy and Benedictine), which says you should enhance a good brandy with nothing but top-shelf liquor.
For The Beautiful Cocktail, use Grand Marnier and a premium cognac.
Perhaps one of the more sophisticated Grand Marnier recipes, a B52 is a layered cocktail that is to impress.
To make this sophisticated and impressive layered cocktail, you need Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur), and Grand Marnier.
Be careful to pour the liqueurs in the correct order so that you get perfect layers. Kahlua comes first, then Baileys Irish Cream, then Grand Marnier floated on top.
Pour the liqueurs slowly over the back of a spoon so that you don’t muddle the layers.
No list of Grand Marnier drink recipes would be complete without the famous Cadillac margarita recipe (Grand margarita).
A Cadillac margarita uses top-shelf tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. On top of all of this is a layer of floating Grand Marnier.
Serve the Cadillac margarita in a rocks glass with a salted rim and a lime wedge or a lemon wedge for garnish.
When you add Grand Marnier to the beloved Dark and Stormy cocktail, you have the Perfect Storm cocktail.
Besides being a really cool name, this is a truly wonderful cocktail.
To make the Perfect Storm cocktail, you need fresh lime juice, aromatic orange bitters, ginger beer, and Grand Marnier (you can also use other orange liqueurs).
Garnish the Perfect Storm cocktail with a lime wedge.
The classic Sidecar contains cognac or brandy, orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice.
All of these ingredients are shaken with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and served in a glass with a sugar rim.
To make a classic Sidecar a Cadillac Sidecar, use Grand Marnier. It really does make all the difference.
Garnish your sugar rimmed glass with an orange twist.
To make a Grand Marnier and Prosecco, you need those two beverages, and you also need Aperol and orange juice.
Prosecco is slightly less expensive than champagne, so it makes a great choice for experimenting with a champagne cocktail.
If you like, you can also keep it super simple and use Prosecco, Grand Marnier, and fresh lemon juice.
The famous D’Artagnan cocktail is named for a swashbuckling Gascon man who later became a Musketeer.
The D’Artagnan features one of the most famous products from France’s Gascony region, Armagnac brandy.
With the Armagnac brandy, use Grand Marnier, orange juice, chilled champagne, simple syrup, and an orange peel for garnish.
Stir together all of the ingredients but the champagne. Then, top the D’Artagnan with chilled champagne. You can also use sparkling wine.
9. The Esquire
Esquire Magazine held a special competition in the summer of 2007. Their aim? To create a cocktail that was perfect enough to be called “The Esquire Cocktail.”
The winner was a man named Phil Broadhead from Jackson, Mississippi.
The official Esquire cocktail has Grand Marnier, rye whiskey, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, sweet grenadine, and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
If you want a boozy cocktail with a Cuban flair, the El Presidente is a great Grand Marnier mixed cocktail recipe to try.
Basically, the El Presidente is a rum spin on the classic Manhattan cocktail.
The El Presidente was created in the 1920s, and it has aged rum or golden rum, blanc vermouth (you can use Lillet Blanc), Grand Marnier, and sweet grenadine.
Garnish your El Presidente cocktail with a luxardo cherry and an orange peel. You can also use a maraschino cherry.
If you love a Cosmopolitan cocktail, the Grand Cosmopolitan will absolutely delight you.
This Cosmo is made with vodka, Grand Marnier (or other orange cognac liqueur), fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, and Angostura bitters.
To serve this cocktail, shake all of the ingredients with iced cubes in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass.
12. Bijou Cocktail
Bijou is French for “kiss” and that’s the perfect name for this simple, refined Grand Marnier cocktail.
The Bijou has been around since the late 1800s, so it’s a classic cocktail.
This Grand Marnier recipe was first published in a recipe book in the year 1900.
To make the Bijou cocktail, you need an ounce of Grand Marnier, London dry gin, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse, and Angostura bitters (orange).
13. Mai Tai
The original Mai Tai was created at Trader Vic’s Oakland, California restaurant in 1944.
This timeless tropical cocktail became hugely popular in the 1950s and 1960s at tiki restaurants.
The original Mai Tai isn’t a super sweet drink, and it has no fruit juice except for fresh lime juice.
Make your classic Mai Tai a Grand Mai Tai by using Grand Marnier, aged rum, orgeat syrup, dark rum, and fresh lime juice.
Garnish a Mai Tai with fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge.
The classic tequila sunrise is made with fresh orange juice, white tequila (silver tequila), sweet grenadine, and a maraschino cherry garnish.
When you add Grand Marnier to a classic tequila sunrise, you have the Grand Tequila Sunrise.
Put all of the ingredients into the cocktail shaker except the grenadine. Shake vigorously. Pour into a tall glass with ice cubes. Gently pour the grenadine on top.
For a rum spin on the beloved classic Sidecar cocktail, try the Between the Sheets cocktail.
The Between the Sheets drink is a citrusy, bright, and sassy cocktail that is a good intro to Grand Marnier cocktails.
To make the Between the Sheets, you need Grand Marnier (you can substitute Triple Sec or Cointreau), fresh lemon juice, white rum, cognac, and a lemon peel for the garnish.
La vie en rouge means “life in red” in French, and it’s the perfect name for this gorgeous Grand Marnier cocktail.
This Grand Marnier cocktail recipe is an excellent cocktail to serve at holiday gatherings.
To make la vie en rouge cocktail, you need Grand Manier or another orange brandy-based liqueur, cranberry juice, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a fresh rosemary sprig for garnish.
Sangria is a wine cocktail (or punch) that you can make with either white wine or red wine.
Typically, sangria is infused with various types of fruits, and it tastes even more wonderful when it is allowed to sit for a while.
This recipe is a red wine sangria that uses apples, lime slices, lemon slices, tangerines, orange juice, and oranges. It’s made absolutely perfect with the addition of Grand Marnier.
Have you wondered what to mix with Grand Marnier? When you fancy a cup of tea, how about spiking your favorite Earl Grey with some Grand Marnier?
This cocktail uses Earl Grey loose tea, granulated sugar, and water to make the simple syrup.
For the cocktail, you need ice, the simple syrup, Grand Manier, fresh lemon juice, and an orange slice for garnish.
Do you want to learn more about all of the different types of Grand Marnier for your Grand Marnier drinks? Watch this video.
Our Best Grand Marnier Cocktails (+Cadillac Margarita)
- 4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 oz. white tequila
- 2 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2 oz. Grand Marnier
- 2 oz. homemade simple syrup
- Sea salt
- Lime wedges
- Add tequila, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, ice cubes, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until chilled.
- Pour into salt-rimmed glass over ice.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.