GSN Alert: July 14th – National Grand Marnier Day

J.Labanda-2It feels as if Grand Marnier has been around for at least a few centuries.  But, this quintessential spirit only dates back to 1880.  The recipe was created by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle who worked at a fruit liqueur distillery owned by his wife’s grandfather.  He sourced Citrus Bagaradia oranges grown in the West Indies, which are still used in the production today.  The Cognac base is made from the Ugni Blanc grape grown in the Cognac region of France.  Sugar syrup is added, and then everything is aged in oak casks and filtered before bottling.

Here are a few classic cocktails for you to try that call for Grand Marnier:

Leap Year
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 dash lemon juice
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Satan’s Whiskers
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 dash orange bitters
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Grand Marnier BAR Scholarship

Grand Marnier is looking to hire 6 US mixologists as consultants to
participate in the Manhattan Cocktail Classic event October 2 to
October 4, 2009. As compensation, Grand Marnier will be proud to offer
each consultant a scholarship of $2,500 to attend the BAR session from
September 28 to October 2, 2009.This
initiative announced by Steve Olson at the 2009 Grand Marnier Mixology
Summit features Grand Marnier’s efforts to continue to support US

The Grand
Marnier scholarship is now open for the Sept 28 – Oct 2 BAR session to
eligible US resident mixologists for the 2 following categories:

  • Veterans of the Craft: accomplished mixologists with more than 5 years of experience in the bar industry
  • Rising stars of the bar industry

Grand Marnier recognizes the Beverage Alcohol Resource 5 Day advanced
certification program as the premier beverage training in the US and is
proud to offer scholarships to mixologists who will qualify.

All applications should be received by July 20, 2009 at Selected applicants will be notified by August 11, 2009.

Download an application here