I attended a Grand Marnier master class recently and had an opportunity to learn about the brand from their master distiller. I’ll be writing up a recap of the event soon, but until then, here is a fun little Manhattan variation from their recipe book for you… The Grandhattan:
- 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
- 1/2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 1/4 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth
- 3 Dashes of Bitters Lab Aromatic Bitters
- Orange Peel to Garnish
Stir all liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a martini or cocktail glass. Their recipe says to garnish with a marasquin cherry, but I had none on hand and prefer orange peels in my Manhattan’s anyhow.
This is a delightfully smooth Manhattan. The spice from the cognac and bourbon give you a nice, long lasting, slow burn. The orange from the Grand Marnier, spices & botanicals in the bitters, and the orange peel all blend well together. It’s extremely smooth to drink but the long, slow finish surprised me, it coats your mouth in a very lovely velvety feeling and the flavour really lasts.
Manhattan’s are often too sweet of a cocktail for me but lowering the quantity of vermouth and replacing it with the Grand Marnier made this eminently more drinkable. I highly recommend giving this a whirl.
Keep your eyes peeled for my recap of the master class later this week.