Grand Marnier is a premium French liqueur that is made by blending cognac brandy with orange essence and sugar. It is named after its creator, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, who first invented it in 1880.
Grand Marnier is often used in cocktails and desserts, and it is known for its rich and complex flavor profile that combines the sweetness of sugar, the warmth of cognac, and the bright, citrusy notes of orange. It has a smooth and velvety texture and a deep, amber color.
There are several different varieties of Grand Marnier available, including the classic Cordon Rouge, which is the original recipe, as well as other flavored versions like the Cuvée Louis Alexandre, which is made with rare and aged cognacs, and the Cuvee 1880, which is a special edition that celebrates the brand’s 150th anniversary.
Grand Marnier has a rich history that dates back to the late 19th century. It was first created by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, who was a member of a family of distillers and wine merchants. Lapostolle was inspired to create a new liqueur that would combine the flavors of cognac and orange, and he spent several years experimenting with different blends before finally settling on the perfect recipe.
The original Grand Marnier liqueur, known as “Curaçao Marnier,” was launched in 1880 and quickly became popular with Parisian society. In 1888, Lapostolle changed the name of the liqueur to “Grand Marnier” to reflect its luxurious and sophisticated image.
Over the years, Grand Marnier has continued to evolve and expand its range of products. In 1906, the company introduced its first flavored liqueur, Grand Marnier Cordon Jaune, which was made with bitter oranges. In the 1920s, the company began exporting its products to the United States, and by the 1950s, Grand Marnier had become a household name in many countries around the world.
In 1977, Grand Marnier merged with the Champagne and Cognac house, Société Jacques Bollinger, to form the Société Jacques Bollinger-Marnier. Today, Grand Marnier is still made using the same traditional methods that were developed over a century ago, and it remains one of the world’s most beloved and respected liqueur brands.
Grand Marnier has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 40%.