15 Cocktail Recipes That Use Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier has an air of mystery, doesn't it? The fancy French name. The funky-shaped bottle with ribbon and wax seal. But don't shy away from this classic orange liqueur. Most commonly used for making top-shelf margaritas, Grand Marnier is a decadent addition to many cocktail recipes.

Louis-Alexandre Marnier, a distiller, had a crazy idea. He would combine a French cognac base with a rare Caribbean variety of bitter orange peels and sugar. The first decadent sip of Grand Marnier was taken by Parisians in the late 1880s. They all screamed "Ooh la la!" and the word spread throughout soirees and boozy brunches around the world. It was enjoyed sipped over ice cubes as well as poured into cocktail shakers with vermouth, angostura bitters, or fresh orange juice.

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Today Grand Marnier is used as a higher quality replacement for triple sec or orange curaçao in many classic cocktails. Grand Marnier gives a depth of flavor and richness you just can't quite get with other orange liqueurs that don't have the cognac base or craftsmanship of this delicious liqueur.

What Else Can I Make With Grand Marnier?

It works in everything from carbonated club soda-based cocktails to cream-based drinks. Pro Tip: Grand Marnier makes an amazing cream sauce for shrimp or chicken! Try it with ginger beer even classic Coca-Cola.

But let's get back to booze. Take a look at some of these Grand Marnier cocktails. Beret optional.

1. Cadillac Margarita

You'll need: Grand Marnier, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup.

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2. Sidecar

This classic cocktail is made with cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Serve it in a martini glass with a lemon garnish, Sugar the rim to balance the puckery sour flavor.

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3. Grand Marnier and Prosecco

Mix Grand Marnier with Prosecco pairing citrus notes with lots of bubbles. Add an orange twist and it's a fancy cocktail that takes only minutes to make! It's a revved-up Mimosa essentially.

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4. Cosmopolitan

Carrie Bradshaw and Sex In The City made the Cosmopolitan's popularity skyrocket. The orange slice garnish. The martini glass. The beautiful cranberry juice infused color. Glam it up New York Style with this cocktail.

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5. Old Fashioned

1 ounce Grand Marnier and one-ounce bourbon. Simple. A few dashes of Angostura bitters make this explode with a bittersweet flavor.

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6. Grand Mai-Tai

The famous Tahitian drink takes you on vacation in a tall collins glass.

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7. Grand Collins

Replace the gin in a typical Tom Collins with Grand Marnier. What?!?! Why didn't I think of this?!

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8. Grand Sangria

It's impossible to say no to Sangria.

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9. Bijou

Gin. Love it or hate it. I choose to love it in this gin-based cocktail using vermouth. Play with the ratios as you like. It's your drink, after all. *Replace the green Chartreuse in this recipe with Grand Marnier to make it the Grand Bijou.

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10. D'Artagnan

Celebrating something? Great. Celebrating nothing at all? That's fine too. Drink this champagne-based cocktail immediately.

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11. The Esquire

From the famous magazine, this recipe was the winning result of a reader-submitted cocktail contest.

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12. Blood Orange Moon


Grand Marnier is the only spirit in this juicy drink. Orange heaven.

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13. Tequila Sunrise

I know you need a drink and you need it NOW. But make this one slowly to get the layered sunrise effect. The Grand Marnier adds a distinctive touch.

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14. Beautiful

Everyone you know will become more beautiful after sipping on this simple two-ingredient drink.

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15. Between the Sheets

What you do in your private time is your business. But drink this to make it more fun.

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