July 14th is National Grand Marnier Day
A Little History and Some Grand Marnier Cocktailsfrom The Martini Diva!
Grand Marnier is a liqueur made from a blend of cognacs and distilled essence of bitter orange. It was created in 1880 and named Curaçao Marnier by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostoll, however Cesar Ritz stated it needed "a grand name for a grand liqueur" and renamed it Grand Marnier. For that privilege Marnier-Lapostoll reportedly helped him fund the purchase for the famed Hôtel Ritz Paris. To this day, six generations later, Grand Marnier is still owned and produced by the Marnier-Lapostoll family.
Aside from being a lovely digestive and an element in countless classic cocktails, Grand Marnier is also a main ingredient in two classic desserts created by Auguste Escoffier, Crêpe Suzette and the Grand Marnier® Souffle.
To celebrate National Grand Marnier Day, please enjoy some of my favorite martinis that employ this lovely orange infused liqueur:
CRÊPES SUZETTE COCKTAIL
NIGHT'S WATCH COFFEE TODDY
RICH BITCH MARTINI
PRETTY IN PINK FLIRTINI
ORANGE SCORPION MARTINI
ORANGE CREAMSICLE MARTINI
PIECES OF EIGHT MARTINI
JACK O'LANTERN MARTINI
KISSED TO MANY FROGS MARTINI
CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE MARTINI
ORANGE JULIUS MARTINI
ORANGE TRUFFLE MARTINI
TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE CHOCOLATE MARTINI
LAVENDER ORANGE MARTINI
SPARKLING CRANBERRY CRUSH
HAPPY NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY
FROM THE MARTINI DIVA!
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