July 15, 2003

Grand Marnier Recipe

Grand Orange-Cognac Liqueur

1/3 cup orange zest*
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cognac or French brandy
1/2 tsp glycerine

Place zest and sugar in a small bowl. Mash and mix together with the
back of a wooden spoon or a pestle. Continue mashing until sugar is
absorbed into the orange zest and is no longer distinct. Place into
aging container. Add cognac. Stir, cap and let age in a cool dark
place 2 to 3 months, shaking monthly.

After initial aging, pour through fine mesh strainer placed over medium
bowl. Rinse out aging container. Pour glycerine into aging container
and place cloth bag inside strainer. Pour liqueur through cloth bag
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Cap and age 3 more months before

Grand Marnier is a classic orange liqueur to be savored. While ordinary
brandy can be used, we recommend a good cognac or French brandy for best
flavor. Ready in 5 to 6 months. Makes about 1 pint.

* Authentic Grand Marnier uses bitter Haitian oranges to produce its
classic taste. You may use any type of orange peel you wish; however, a
bitter type, such as Seville, is preferred for authenticity.


Posted by Riza Rivera at July 15, 2003 11:49 AM