As if Bastille Day weren’t enough to celebrate on July 14th, it’s also National Grand Marnier Day, a holiday you shouldn’t let pass without a cocktail. A delightful blend of Cognac, essence of bitter orange, and sugar, Grand Marnier liqueur makes everything it touches taste just a little bit more festive. You can use it to spike a fruit salad, to add a lovely fragrant note to desserts like our British-style summer pudding, or go the obvious route and put in it drinks. Check out these 11 recipes for Grand Marnier cocktails and find some time to celebrate—but you’ll want to sip these all summer long.
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Grand Marnier (or orange liqueur in general) often shows up in sangria recipes, this one included—but what makes this version particularly perfect for summer (and deliciously different from the usual) is the fact that it calls for grilled fruit and is topped off with bubbly for a little fizzy fun. It also makes a big batch, so it’s perfect for all your summer BBQs. Get our Grilled Sangria recipe.
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Ginger beer and lime are the components of a classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, but mix it up with Grand Marnier to create The Perfect Storm. Serve in a highball with a single ice cube (jumbo size if you have it). Get the Perfect Storm Grand Marnier cocktail recipe.
Homemade frozen margaritas are a must when it’s hot out. Our version is fairly light on sugar (in the form of simple syrup), but the Grand Marnier adds a bit more sweetness along with subtle orange aroma. Get our Slushy Blended Margarita recipe.
This cocktail means business, so consider yourself warned. Start off with a strong bourbon like Wild Turkey, and you’re ready to rock. The egg white adds heft and you can substitute absinthe for pastis to suit your tastes. Get the Millionaire Cocktail recipe.
Fresh blood orange juice along with the flavor of Grand Marnier makes this a refreshing summer drink that is perfect for a brunch or other midday celebration. Garnish with a blood orange wedge and call it a day. Get the Blood Orange Vesper Martini recipe.
Ginger vodka add a zing to this cider cocktail that combines Grand Marnier, fresh orange juice, and hard cider. As refreshing in the summer as it is in the fall, you can switch up the cider for prosecco if you want to add even more bubbles. Get the Wicked Good Cider Cocktail recipe.
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A fancy take on a traditional tequila sunrise, this drink mixes Grand Marnier with tequila, grenadine, and orange juice. Use a higher quality tequila if you can afford it since you can taste the difference. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Get the Tequila Sunrise recipe.
10. Coupe de Ville
This summer cooler can hardly be called a recipe. Mix a cup of Grand Marnier with four cups of your favorite iced tea, orange zest, a little sugar, and garnish with lemon. Get our Grand Marnier Tea Cooler recipe.
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