12 Drinks of Christmas: day #3 Grand Marnier Makes Christmas Day Sizzle!

Nothing quite says the seasonal spirit of Christmas quite like Grand Marnier (or Moet for that matter). The best orange liqueur on the market makes a difference in a variety of cocktails.
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The stylish red lacquer bottle is being produced in limited quantities (run of about 150) and will be available for $64.99 at the following retail locations this winter for a limited time only. If you find that it’s now out of stock, just buy the best bottle you can of Grand Marnier. It won’t go to waste, I promise!
LA VIE EN ROUGE
1 ½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 ½ oz. fresh pressed cranberry juice (can substitute with bottled cranberry juice)
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Fresh rosemary needles
In a tall mixing glass, muddle 10-12 rosemary needles lightly with simple syrup. Ad remaining ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
GRAND SANGRIA (RED)
½ cup of Grand Marnier
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced orange
2 apples, red and green, cored and cut into ½ inch wedges
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle Casa Merlot
1 tblsp superfine sugar
1 cup of orange juice
Soak the fruit with sugar, Grand Marnier and cinnamon for at least 1 hour. Stir in chilled wine and orange juice.


GRAND MARNIER SPARKLING PUNCH
1 1/3 cups of fresh lemon juice
½ cup superfine sugar
1 cup of Grand Marnier
½ cup fresh orange juice
2 bottles Moet Imperial
Orange or lemon slices
Fresh strawberries
Combine the lemon juice, sugar, Grand Marnier and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add the champagne and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher. Garnish with orange or lemon slices and fresh strawberries, if desired. Serve in champagne flutes, wine glasses or punch cups.

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