August 23, 2012
Classic Grand Marnier brandy coming soon in cherry flavor

book014 copy.JPGYou know Grand Marnier, right? It's the famous bitter-orange infused brandy concocted by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle in 1880, still made in France. It's versatile (and volatile) stuff, especially tasty as a topping on ice cream or as an ingredient in flambeed crepes.

Coming in September and available through the holiday season will be the limited-edition cherry-flavored version ($41.99), made with premium European Griottes cherries.

Try it in these cocktails, created by "Cocktail Guru" Jonathan Pogash:

Cherry Sidecar
2 ounces Grand Marnier Cherry
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
In a shaker filled with ice, vigorously shake the ingredients and strain into a chilled sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.

2 ounces Grand Marnier Cherry
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
In a shaker filled with ice, stir the ingredients, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

Cherry Surprise
1-1/2 ounces Grand Marnier Cherry
3/4 ounce dark, aged rum
1 ounce milk
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with dark-chocolate shavings.

Cherry Tiki
2 ounces Grand Marnier Cherry
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce orgeat (almond) syrup
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
3 dashes Angostura (or Tiki) bitters
Pour the ingredients (except bitters) into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain over an ice-filled tall glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel. Add bitters on top.

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