By Lori Simmons Zelenko

Exotic Orange Essence Blended with theCo finest French gnac

“C’mon baby light my fire…try to set the night on fire…” Well, writing it is not the same as hearing Jim Morrison and The Doors ignite the song with slow-burning passion but like the lyrics say, “the time to hesitate is through …” so without hesitation, here’s how I suggest you heat up your Holiday nights: Add a swirl of sensuality with a shot of Grand Marnier.

No question about it, long cozy winter evenings are meant for lingering, so I suggest you linger on with a luxe indulgence that’s sensual and unique. Time to break out a cherished bottle of Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880, rich, smooth, silken a rare harmony of Grand Marnier’s signature orange essence blended with the finest XO Cognac (aged up to 60 years in oak vats), sourced exclusively from the Grande Champagne region of France.

This new addition to the portfolio’s Grand Cuvee collection is remarkable for its elegance and full-bodied allure, without question an extraordinary cognac-forward experience that wonderfully defies immediate satisfaction inspiring instead a quest to imbibe and savor.  After all, Grand Marnier was created in the era of Moulin Rouge, a reflection of the festive glamour of the Belle Epoque, as a hybrid of the exotic lushness of the West Indies – the source for oranges so very rare in Europe in the 1880s – and the uber-traditional French cognac.  One sip is not enough.

Seductive and delicious, this liqueur is a marvelous closure for a Holiday meal – but don’t stop there, enjoy Grand Marnier well into the New Year, it adds depth and dimension to a Margarita and a fresh kick to a classic Old Fashioned. The shapely bottle, which takes six hours to make, is a gift to be shared and enjoyed long after the snow has melted. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, Grand Marnier is a memorable way to set the night on fire…www.grandmarnier.com


Grand Old Fashioned


2 oz. Grand Marnier

0.5 oz. fresh lime juice

Half a blood orange, cut into quarters (can substitute regular orange)

1 tsp superfine sugar

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish



1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blood orange, lime juice, bitters and sugar.

2. Add Grand Marnier and enough ice to fill a rocks glass and shake well.

3. Pour (do not strain) into a rocks glass.

4. Garnish with maraschino cherry.



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