Never doubt the greatness of French liqueur, as National Grand Marnier Day, celebrated on July 14 every year, brings yet another delicious French drink into the spotlight (move over champagne).
Grand Marnier is the name of a brand of French liqueurs, with their most famous product being the Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge — an orange-flavored liqueur made from a blend of cognac brandy, sugar, and pure bitter orange essence. Since the drink contains notes of citrus, we’re officially calling it fruit-infused, therefore making it healthy.
Also, for those who cannot distinguish between whiskey and cognac, we’ll put you out of your misery — whiskeys are made from rye, corn, and barley malt, whereas cognac is a kind of brandy that is derived from grapes. Both are aged in oak barrels, though, so the confusion is understandable.
Now, since we’re sure this has your taste buds clamoring for a taste of this exotic blend, join us as we trace the origins of this holiday and the cognac itself, as well as bring you the best cocktail and food recipes this drink can be used in.