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Home made "Grand Marnier" report

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Home made "Grand Marnier" report

Pei | Jul 13, 2006 08:44 AM

Unfortunately, I haven't taken photos yet, but I don't anticipate being able to post much in the following days so here goes!

The original recipe was simple:

-1 orange
-44 coffee beans, inserted into slits made into the orange
-about a quart of vodka (Stoli for me)
-44 cubes of sugar (I used less than half that)

Let sit for 44 days. It's only been 42, but I figure the heat wave in LA gives me a head start.

Ease of project: VERY. It's as straightforward as outlined above. I think you could even play with the vodka:sugar ratio without fear of getting a "bad" product. It just depends what you're looking for. As long as you have the orange and the coffee beans, I don't see how you could go wrong. But please invest in a good orange and good beans.

Color: lovely amber color, like the color of Irish whiskey or dark tea.

Flavor: strong. Definitely not appropriate for sipping. Pleasant Grand Marnier-esque flavor, but not nearly as sugary and syrupy as real Grand Marnier. Slightly funny (pithy?) aftertaste, but the aftertaste doesn't linger.

Incredible fragrance. For me, the fragrance of this infusion was far superior to the taste. I predict it will be excellent in baked goods, where the final product is warm and wafts of orange-coffee will float through the air. I don't know how it will be for mixed drinks, but will report back if I try.

More than anything, I now have a very inexpensive substitute for Grand Marnier for cakes and cookies, which was what I was really hoping for anyway.

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