Grand Marnier Cocktail
Grand Marnier suggests you drink their Cuvée du Centenaire neat. They’ll allow, if you insist, for their “Centennial Edition” to be served with rocks.
Being tasked to test cocktail recipes with an ingredient as high falutin [and high priced!] as this one is more than a little intimidating.
Firstly, let me confirm that this is a great sipper and should you find yourselves with access to a bottle, please make that your first priority. Once that’s out of the way, though, I say you have some fun!
I tried the Centenaire in several cocktails. The Millionaire was disappointing to me. The Red Lion is a classic Grand Marnier drink that turned out quite nicely. A “turnt up” Sidecar was also a delight. My personal favorite was probably the Negroni to which I simply added a half ounce of the orange-infused cognac and champagne.
The best of the bunch was a play on a classic Margarita, which I’m calling the Doña Marguerite because it’s a bit more mature and cosmopolitan than the typical lime, tequila and triple sec.
- 1½ oz Mezcal [any of the Del Maguay expressions are excellent]
- ¾ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
- ¾ oz Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire
- 2 barspoons simple syrup
- Shake with ice until well chilled.
- Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe.
- Garnish with a lime or orange wheel.