That's right, there is a new Grand Marnier coming! The go-to orange liqueur will have a new addition in September when Grand Marnier Natural Cherry hits the market and this one will not disappoint fans.
Natural Cherry takes the original Grand Marnier, complete with its smooth Cognac base and tropical orange profile, and adds the flavor of European Griottes cherries. The result is a rich, luscious liqueur of premium quality and a really interesting, unique profile that can be used in a multitude of ways.
To kick off the release, Jonathan Pogash (The Cocktail Guru) created a handful of cocktails including adaptations of some of our favorites. He suggests using Grand Marnier Cherry in place of the base spirit in a Manhattan and Sidecar. Also, it can stand alone or strong and tall when topped with cola or lemon-lime soda. There were two of his new drinks that I found really impressive and they span the range of tastes so there is something for everyone. One is the Grand Cerise Surprise, a mix of Cherry, dark rum, milk, and syrup; the other is the Smoked Grand Cherry (recipe in the review), a mix of Cherry and orange bitters with a Scotch rinse.
Yet another use would be to use this as a substitute for other cherry liqueurs in the same manner that Grand Marnier is used as an 'upgrade' from other orange liqueurs. This substitution is not going to work on every occasion, especially given the orange aspects, but it would be fun to experiment with.
The catch here is that this is designated as a 'limited edition' so it may not be around for long. The projection is that it will be around through the holidays, but beyond that, who's to say. These are always hard to gauge and some do make a permanent comeback. Time will tell. In the meantime, add Grand Marnier Cherry to your autumn shopping list and have fun with it.
Read the full review: Grand Marnier Natural Cherry Liqueur
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