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We Live Grand Dinner At The Ritz

The French know how to drink.  And eat.  So it’s shouldn’t come as a big surprise that everyone’s favourite after dinner tipple, Grand Marnier, has had a long standing relationship with luxury hotel the Ritz.  As the story goes it was actually César Ritz, who when presented with Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle’s orange-flavoured liqueur suggested the name: Grand Marnier.  “A grand name for a grand liqueur.”  Perhaps the famed hotelier also had a side-hustle as a copywriter.  To celebrate Master Blender Patrick Raguenaud’s visit to Canada (as well as life in general!) we sat down for a modern take on a menu served 100+ years ago at the Ritz Paris.

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Grand Sidecar Cocktail

1 12 oz Grand Marnier
1 12 oz Fresh lemon juice
1 dash simple syrup

Add all the ingredients to a shaker (adjusting simple syrup to tartness of lemons) and fill with ice.
Shake hard, and strain into a chilled Martini glass half-rimmed with sugar.

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Grand Old Fashioned

2 oz Grand Marnier
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange Peel
Brandied or Maraschino Cherry

Combine Angostura bitters and Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge in a rocks glass.
Add ice and stir.
Press orange peel across the top and on the edges of the rocks glass.
Garnish with an orange peel and a brandied or maraschino cherry.

This post was brought to you in partnership with Grand Marnier.  Love of finishing dinner with Louis Alexandre Grand Marnier is completely our own.