Orange liqueur is a staple of mixology; there are any number of classic (or modern) cocktails you just can't make without it. But not all orange liqueurs are created equal. Sure, there are $9 Triple Sec bottles out there… if you like cocktails that taste like bad orange candy and disappointment.
So today, let's talk about a bottle near the top of the orange liqueur heap: Grand Marnier. Made from a base of cognac, it's complex, orangey, a little robust like an aged spirit, 80-proof and not too sweet. You can taste the brandy in it for sure.
Grand Marnier is great as a stand-alone drink, but when it comes to cocktails, be aware that it's not always a straight substitute for other orange liqueurs. Below, we give you three recipes optimized for Grand Marnier; try them next time you're feeling superclassy.