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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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1. Satan’s Whiskers

Satan's Whiskers cocktail


Fresh orange juice, Grand Marnier, gin, both sweet and dry vermouth, and a dash of bitters comprise this vintage drink—why did it ever go out of style? Get our Satan’s Whiskers Cocktail recipe.

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2. Grilled Sangria

grilled summer sangria recipe


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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3. Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm cocktail with Grand Marnier and ginger beer

Grand Marnier

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.

4. Slushy Blended Margarita

slushy blended frozen margaritas


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.

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5. Millionaire Cocktail

Flip Cocktail with Egg and Cream


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.

6. Blood Orange Vesper Martini

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.

7. Wicked Good Cider Cocktail

Brandy cocktail 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.

8. Summer Bourbon Refresher

Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade) drink


Tarragon simple syrup with bourbon is a killer combo. Add in Grand Marnier, ice, and a splash of beer and stir for a fizzy and fun summer cocktail. Get the Summer Bourbon Refresher recipe.

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9. Tequila Sunrise

tequila sunrise recipe


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

Coup de Ville cocktail


This blend of Grand Marnier, añejo tequila, fresh lime and orange juice, and light, fizzy Mexican beer is another one ideal for summer sipping. Get our Coupe de Ville recipe.

11. Grand Marnier Tea Cooler

summer tea cocktail with Grand Marnier


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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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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