Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Dan Malpass
Grand Marnier is one of the noble and truly premium liqueurs that has transitioned from the after-dinner sideboard to bartender's essential. It delivers bright zippy zestiness and velvety mouthfeel along with full 40% alc./vol cognac laced spirit and sugary richness to each drink in my selection of the 20 best Grand Marnier cocktails.
With: Old tom gin, cognac, rosso vermouth, Grand Marnier and orange bitters.
We say: A brandy influenced Wet and Sweet Martini.
Apples to Oranges
With: Calvados, bourbon, dry vermouth, Grand Marnier and Combier Elixir.
We say: Spirit-forward and eminently sippable.
With: Raspberries, mezcal, Grand Marnier, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Mezcal infused raspberry fruit with citrus aromatised with rich elderflower.
Bijou (inspired by Lawlor's 1895 recipe)
With: Dry gin, Grand Marnier and rosso vermouth.
We say: A gin-based boozy sipper that's medium-dry with honeyed richness.
With: Cognac, Grand Marnier and dry vermouth.
We say: From Harry MacElhone's 1927 Barflies & Cocktails.
With: Vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange bitters.
We say: With the rich notes of Grand Marnier this is indeed a GRAND Cosmo.
With: Cognac, Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, cherry brandy and maraschino liqueur.
We say:Spiritous and richly fruity with orange and cherry combining harmoniously with cognac.
With: Light rum, Grand Marnier, lime juice and sugar syrup.
We say: A delicate Orange Daiquiri.
With: Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, cranberry juice and sugar syrup.
We say: This pinky-red Margarita benefits from a hint of cranberry.
With: Cognac, Grand Marnier and orange juice.
We say: Perfectly balanced cognac and zesty orange.
With: Grand Marnier, Amaretto, cognac and cream.
We say: A great-looking, creamy topped after-dinner cocktail.
With: Reposado tequila, palo cortado sherry, black rum, Grand Marnier and demerara sugar syrup.
We say: A complex, spirit-led, after-dinner/late night sipper.
With: Cognac, Irish whiskey, Grand Marnier, an Bénédictine.
We say: A cognac and Irish whiskey-based after-dinner sipper.
With: Blended and Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, Grand Marnier, Lillet Blanc, dry vermouth and black pepper.
We say: Rich orange shines through this aromatic whisky-based cocktail.
With: Cognac, Grand Marnier, apricot liqueur, orange juice, egg white and aromatic bitters.
We say: Apricot and orange laced with cognac.
With: Dry gin, Grand Marnier, orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, sugar syrup and orange bitters.
We say: The sophisticated drinker's answer to a gin and juice.
With: Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, lime cordial, lime juice and sugar syrup.
We say: A peachy coloured Margarita with zesty orange and cranberry.
Satan's Whiskers (Straight)
With: Dry gin, dry vermouth, rosso vermouth, Grand Marnier, orange juice and orange bitters.
We say: Dry and citrusy with underlying piney gin and herbal complexity.
With: Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Lillet Blanc, Kina aromatised wine and orange juice.
We say: Citrusy, bourbon-laced and gently bittersweet with fresh zippy rich orange.
With: Dry gin, dry vermouth, Grand Marnier and absinthe.
We say: Best shaken not stirred!
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