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 makes everything it touches taste just a little bit more festive. Check out these 9 recipes for Grand Marnier and find some time to celebrate.
An impressive layered shot, the B-52 is made up of Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream and Grand Marnier. Pour the layers of alcohol slowly over the back of a spoon to keep them from mixing together in the glass. Get the recipe here.
2. Perfect Storm
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 recipe here.
3. Millionaire Cocktail
This cocktail means business, so consider yourself warned. Start off with a strong bourbon like Wild Turkey, and you're ready to rock. The optional egg white adds heft and you can substitute pastis or absinthe to suit your tastes. Get the recipe here.
4. Blood Orange 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 recipe here.
5. Cider Cocktail
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 recipe here.
6. Summer Bourbon Refresher
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 recipe here.
7. Tequila Sunrise
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 recipe here.
8. Grand Marnier Souffle
This simple recipe for an orange-flavored soufflé is surprisingly easy and a complete showstopper. Served in hollowed out navel oranges, the soufflé is light and fluffy with an unbeatable presentation. Get the recipe here.
9. Grand Marnier Tea Cooler
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.
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.