If you’ve seen the iconic red-ribboned bottle behind your favorite bar but never tasted Grand Marnier, Bastille Day on July 14 is a perfect time to treat your palate to this French classique.
Grand Marnier is a blend of 51% Cognac and 49% distilled essence of bitter Caribbean oranges (a variety called Citrus bigaradia). The Cognac is double-distilled then aged in oak casks before being blended with the orange essence.
Sip it neat in a snifter or on the rocks. Or for a midsummer refresher try the 1789 Smash, created by mixologist Glendon Hartley of Service Bar in Washington, D.C.
- 1.5 oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
- 4 tbsp. Lemon Sorbet
- 6 Mint Leaves
- 1 Kumquat or a segment of a mandarin orange
Muddle sorbet and mint leaves in a glass; add Grand Marnier and stir with crushed ice to dilute; top off with more crushed ice; garnish with mint sprig and kumquat or mandarin orange segment.