Summers are all about hanging out on the patio or deck and spending as much time outside. For goodness sakes, Canadian winters can be rough and we crave vitamin D as much as a kitten craves a room full of yarn. I don’t know about you, but I love chilling out in my backyard with friends and family over nibbles and cocktails.
One of my must-haves in my bar is Grand Marnier, an orange flavoured Cognac brandy liqueur from France. It’s a versatile ingredient to make a lot of different cocktails and even in desserts. One of my favourite drinks to make with Grand Marnier (besides a Cosmopolitan) involves Ginger Ale and lime juice called a Grand Ginger. This summer I’ve discovered the Grand Tonic. I find it less sweet than the Grand Ginger highlighting the citrus notes in the Grand Marnier. It’s a very light and refreshing cocktail; perfect for those balmy summer days and nights for patio sipping season.
What’s your favourite Grand Marnier drink? Here’s a super easy summer cocktail recipe!
Grand Tonic Recipe
- 1 ½ oz Grand Marnier
- Tonic Water (if you can’t find tonic water, substitute with sparkling water. It will taste a little less sweet, so I squeezed some fresh orange juice into it)
- Orange slice
- A few red grapes still attached on its stem for garnish
- Add ice cubes to a balloon glass and pour Grand Marnier over the ice.
- Top with Tonic water or sparkling water and a squeeze of fresh orange juice.
- Stir and garnish with an orange slice and red grapes.
~Carol (aka @bakingzen)
*I was provided with a bottle of Grand Marnier for review purposes only. Opinions expressed here are my own. As always, please remember to drink responsibly!