Last Updated : Feb 03,2018
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Grand Marnier, a french liqueur, is a triple sec. A blend made from different cognacs, distilled with orange essences. Grand Marnier is 40% alcohol (80 proof). It is produced in several varieties, most of which can be consumed "neat" as a digestif and can be used in mixed drinks and desserts. Most recipes will require only small amounts for flavoring. If you do not have the resources or need to purchase a full size bottle of Grand Marnier®, most liquor stores sell single serving bottles for a reasonable price.
Cordon Rouge or "Red Ribbon" is the original Grand Marnier liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is consumed neat and is also used in cocktails and desserts
Cordon Jaune or "Yellow Ribbon" Grand Marnier is made with neutral grain spirit rather than cognac. It is used for mixed drinks and cooking purposes, such as Crêpes Suzette.
Cuvée du Centenaire , was first released in limited quantities in 1927 to commemorate the 100th anniversary. It is made with 25-year-old fine cognacs and is consumed neat. It is more expensive, at about US$145 per bottle.
How to select
Look for Grand Marnier which is high-proof, light-bodied, and clean with a minimal amount of congeners (flavor compounds) and flavoring agents.
· Grand Marnier is used in several kinds of pastries, such as liquor cream buns. It is also used in popular French desserts.
· It is frequently used in recipes for cranberry sauce, as sweetness and citrus can be a contrast to the bitterness of cranberries
· It is an ingredient for the preparation of Crêpes Suzette, Grand Marnier Soufflé and Crème brûlée
· Grand Marnier can be used to make cocktails. Some examples of these include the Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Sidecar
· Most recipes recommend soaking dried fruits in warm water to plump them before adding to recipes. To enhance the flavor of dried fruits, add a bit of Grand Marnier® to soaking raisins or other dried fruits before adding to your recipe.
· For an elegant bread spread, combine one stick of softened butter, finely grated zest of one orange, 2 Tablespoons of orange marmalade, and 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier®. This mixture also makes a wonderful glaze for poultry.
· Experiment by adding a bit of this liqueur to any citrus-flavored dish and create your own recipe.
How to store
Store gin in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
· Drinking moderate amount of any kind of alcohol is said to be very good for your health.
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