Summer Sips with Grand Marnier’s ‘Grand Tonic’ Recipe!

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


  1.  Add ice cubes to a balloon glass and pour Grand Marnier over the ice.
  2.  Top with Tonic water or sparkling water and a squeeze of fresh orange juice.
  3. 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! 

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