The Bottom Line
- Brandy based orange liqueur for half the price of others - Grand Marnier on a budget.
- Sweet, full orange flavor.
- Great cocktail mixer.
- Opens up in warm cocktails.
- Italian liqueur with a VSOP brandy base and flavor from Mediterranean oranges.
- Produced in Trieste, Italy
- Imported by Sazerac Co., New Orleans, Louisiana
- 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
- Retails for around $20/750ml bottle
- Gold Medal Winner at the 2008 San Fransisco World Spirits Competition
- 94 points at Beverage Tasting Institute - rated #1 orange liqueur in Margarita tasting
Guide Review - Gran Gala Orange Liqueur
First of all, I really like Grand Marnier, but I also use quite a bit of orange liqueur for Margaritas, Napoleons, D'Artagnans and the like, however, it is not always feasible to keep a $40 bottle in stock. When it's a choice between a top shelf tequila or a spendy liqueur, the tequila will almost always win out. This is where GranGala comes in because it is a great, rich orange liqueur for only $20, and when you weigh that against an unfulfilling $10 triple sec, the GranGala is the best option. What GranGala does is prove that "the best" is subjective and just as you may not always stock Beefeater, but that bottle of Gordon's is always around, so it goes with orange liqueur.
That said, GranGala is a superb cocktail ingredient. I've used it a lot in my Toddy Collection experiments because it is excellent warm and drinks like the lush Chocolate Spice Martini and the Amore Frizzante show off its full spectrum.