Grand Orange Cognac Liqueur
Author/Submitted by: "The Art of Making and Cooking with Liqueurs" Cheryl Long and Heather Kibbey,
Cognac or French brandy
After initial aging, pour through fine mesh strainer placed over medium bowl. Rinse out aging container. Pour glycerin into aging container and place cloth bag inside strainer. Pour liqueur through cloth bag. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Cap and age 3 more months before serving.
*Note: Authentic Grand Marnier uses bitter Haitian oranges to produce its classic taste. You may use any type of orange peel you wish; however, a bitter type, such as Seville, is preferred for authenticity.
Place zest and sugar in a small bowl. Mash and mix together with the back of a wooden spoon or a pestle. Continue mashing until sugar is absorbed into the orange zest and is no longer distinct. Place into aging container. Add cognac. Stir, cap and let age in a cool dark place 2 to 3 months, shaking monthly.
Grand Marnier is a classic orange liqueur to be savored. While ordinary brandy can be used, we recommend a good cognac or French brandy for best flavor. Ready in 5 to 6 months. Makes about 1 pint.