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Grand Marnier Liqueur

By Todd Wilbur


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In 1880s France, oranges were quite rare and exotic. When Louis Alexandre Marnier-Lopostolle traveled to the Caribbean in search of ingredients, he came back with bitter oranges to combine with his family's fine cognac. Other orange-flavored liqueurs such as triple sec and curacao are mixed with a neutral alcohol base. Grand Marnier took it to the next level with a more complex flavor that makes it today's top-selling French liqueur.

Now you too can combine cognac with a real orange to make a home version of the tasty—and pricey—stuff. By using an inexpensive cognac that costs around 18 to 20 dollars a bottle, you can create a clone cousin of the real thing that normally sells for around 30 bucks a bottle. All you need, in addition to the cognac, is some sugar, an orange, and a little patience to wait at least 2 weeks.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 medium orange
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Diane
Jan 30, 2010, 22:00

This turned out great! I like to add it to mimosas & neither my husband nor I could could tell the difference between it and the real thing!

John
Mar 21, 2008, 21:00

This stuff is super tasty! I used 3 cups of Brandy (about a whole bottle) and 1 large orange. I might try a little more orange in the next batch and I might try adding the glycerine that a few other recipes call for. Good stuff... Can't wait to try it in a Margarita!

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