5 Places to Celebrate National Grand Marnier Day in The Hudson Valley
I really can't remember the first time I tasted Grand Marnier. I am sure it had been in a cocktail or two before I actually enjoyed it as a substitute for a dessert. Now it is one of my go-to ingredients for so many of my bar concoctions and grown-up dessert recipes.
I didn't know a lot about Grand Marnier until I started writing this piece. Basically, all I knew was that it had an orange flavor and it isn't the type of drink that someone who enjoys a lighter cocktail might include in their choices. Thanks to some YouTube research and the National Days people I have a better understanding of this grand liquor.
Turns out that Grand Marnier has been around since 1880. Alexander Marnier-Lapostolle invented the drink by combining fruit liquors and a cognac. According to the National Days Calendar, it took ten years for him to get it right. They also go on to mention that oranges were very expensive at the time so this drink wasn't cheap.
Grand Marnier is so special it actually has its own National Day (July 14th). It is in a variety of cocktails including a popular margarita known as the Cadillac Margarita or Grand Margarita, I have always known it as the Grand Margarita and have found it on the drink menu at many Mexican restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Grand Marnier also goes well in a mimosa or a champagne cocktail.
Places in the Hudson Valley where you can enjoy a Grand Marnier straight up or in a cocktail on National Grand Marnier Day