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What is Grand Marnier?

By Brendan McGuigan
Updated May 16, 2024
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Grand Marnier is a triple sec liqueur invented in 1880 and still produced by the same family in France. The company boasts that it is the most exported liqueur in France, as well as being the first liqueur exported from that country. It is sold in over 150 countries and used in a wide range of drinks and desserts.

Triple secs are liqueurs that are distilled, and then have orange peel left in them to macerate and flavor the alcohol. The first triple sec, Cointreau, was created in France in 1849, and a number of imitators followed. Without a doubt, the most popular of these was Grand Marnier, created by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle some 30 years later. Oranges at the time were a rare and exotic fruit, and by blending them with high-quality brandies, Marnier-Lapostolle was able to create an enduring legacy.

The brandy used in all but the lowest grade of Grand Marnier comes from the region of Cognac in France, a place well regarded for its fine liquors. The quality of Cognac used in the liqueur depends on the type, and ranges from lower-end Cognacs to extremely high-grade 50-year-old Cognac. The lowest grade of Grand Marnier is known as Yellow Label, or Cordon Jaune, and is not usually available for sale in the United States. This is not made from Cognac, unlike all other varieties, but is instead made from common grain alcohol. It is rarely used as a drinking alcohol, and is instead used in cooking, such as in the preparation of Crêpes Suzette.

The most common grade of Grand Marnier, and that which most people are acquainted with, is known as Red Label, or Cordon Rouge. Cordon Rouge is made from Cognac, using essentially the same technique as the original Grand Marnier in 1880. Cordon Rouge is often used in cooking, but may also be enjoyed in various mixed drinks or by itself.

The next level of Grand Marnier is the Centennial Edition, or Cuvé du Centenaire, which is made using the same technique as the Red Label, but substituting 25-year-old Cognac for the normal Cognac used. This costs nearly $200 US Dollars (USD) per bottle and is meant to be drunk on its own. At the top of the heap is the Grand Marnier 150, a blend made using the highest-quality 50-year-old Cognac. It costs in excess of 200 USD per bottle and is often very difficult to find — indeed, an advertising campaign for it used the line: "Hard to find, impossible to pronounce, and prohibitively expensive."

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Discussion Comments

By anon968276 — On Sep 02, 2014

How old is a one quart bottle of grand marnier?

By anon938214 — On Mar 08, 2014

I always used to think is was called Grand Mariner, like the "Rime Of the Ancient Mariner." I never bought it because it was expensive, but I used to see it in the liquor store. Then I met this girl who ordered "Grommooyay" at the bar, and I said, "What the hell is that?" I still didn't know it was triple sec; I thought it was some kind of brandy or cognac or something that fancy yuppy type people drink, whereas I always drank Jim Beam straight from the bottle.

I've heard of triple sec before; it goes in Kamikazis. Vodka, triple sec, and lime. Much easier to drink bourbon, or straight vodka, or everclear and Mad Dog mixed together if you want to get messed up faster. Why waste money on something fancy that isn't even strong? I always went for high alcohol content. That's the purpose of drinking is to get as messed up as possible as quickly as you can, isn't it?

By anon325689 — On Mar 17, 2013

I haven't tasted Cordon Rouge Grand Marnier since 1958. I distinctly remember a slight hint of cedar in the taste of 1958 GM. Have my taste buds changed that much?

By anon211773 — On Sep 03, 2011

Previous poster: Do you know anywhere you could find Grand Marnier 500 year anniversary?

The brand was created in 1880. The 100th anniversary was commemorated in 1927 and the 150th in 1983. Give them a few more years to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the brand.

Proof once again that alcohol and math don't mix.

By anon194571 — On Jul 08, 2011

@ anon13938: of course you can add it with a drink. You will hardly taste the difference with Gordon Rouge in your mix.

By anon194568 — On Jul 08, 2011

There is nothing wrong with Grand Marnier Gordon Yellow, anon69952.

You can drink it very well and although it hasn't the sophiscication of the Gordon Rouge, it is a very pleasant triple sec.

And by the way, I also use Gordon Rouge for cooking and mixing.

By anon90571 — On Jun 16, 2010

The fruit that the orange flavor comes from in any Triple Sec style Liquor such as Blue Curacao, Grand Marnier, and Cointreau is the Lajara that is grown in the Curacao islands.

By anon69952 — On Mar 11, 2010

Don't drink the yellow label -- that's cooking grade only (and typically not available in the US for that reason)!

By anon65410 — On Feb 13, 2010

Is it OK to replace Grand Marnier with orange juice in a creme patisserie recipe? Thank you

By anon51487 — On Nov 06, 2009

Is it OK to replace Grand Marnier with orange juice in a tiramasu recipe? Thank you.

By anon37530 — On Jul 20, 2009

what is the actual name of the orange fruit used to produce the grand marnier?

By anon32823 — On May 27, 2009

When I was in the US Navy in the mid-1970's, I had a friend that developed a savory drink. He had wanted a slightly dry, citrus combination, and named the drink to honor his nautical heritage. Mixing equal portions of Dry Vermouth, Rose's Lime Juice, and Grand Marnier; then he named it a Dry Lime Mariner, capitalizing on the anagram of Marnier. I wish I knew where Chuck Cypher was now.

By anon25857 — On Feb 04, 2009

I purchased of bottle of Grand Marnier. I have drank this many times but this bottle tasted so 'corky' that it was undrinkable. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

By anon14235 — On Jun 12, 2008

Do you know anywhere you could find Grand Marnier 500 year anniversary?

By anon13938 — On Jun 07, 2008

Grand Marnier the yellow one can you drink this.....if we can cook with it can it be added to a drink????????

By anon8324 — On Feb 11, 2008

can i substitute grand marnier?

By anon5746 — On Dec 05, 2007

Some people substitute Grand Marnier for Cointreau to do a cosmo, but I prefer the structure, color and taste with Grand Marnier!

Grand Marnier is not listed as a Cognac but as a cordial.

By hamptonw — On Oct 31, 2007

Is Grand Marnier officially listed as a Cognac?

By anon4753 — On Oct 30, 2007

Is Grand Marnier officially listed as a Cognac?

By anon2125 — On Jun 29, 2007

Can I substitute Grand Marnier for Cointreau in a Cosmopolitan recipe?

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