French liqueur. Blend of fine cognac with bitter orange distillates. Amber color. Cordon Rouge and Cordon Juane (254 g/L sugar) varieties; Grand Marnier established in 1827 at Neauphle-le Chateau. Range also includes Cent Cinquantenaire; Centenaire and Marnier-Lapostolle. It is a kind of triple sec, made from a blend of cognacs, distilled essence of orange, and other ingredients.
Some of the types of Grand Marnier include:
- Red Label or Cordon Rouge: The most common, usually called just "Grand Marnier". It is drunk neat and is also used in mixed drinks.
- Yellow Label or Cordon Jaune: Yellow label Grand Marnier is scarce. It is only sold in some European countries and at some major international airports. Yellow Label Grand Marnier is generally regarded as being the lowest quality. It is made with grain alcohol rather than cognac. It is used for mixed drinks and cooking purposes, such as crêpes.
- Black Label: Scarce. Black Label Grand Marnier is a higher quality product and is very expensive. It is consumed neat.
- 100: Grand Marnier 100, technically called Cuvee du Centenaire ("Centennial Edition"), is a true premium spirit. It is made with 25-year-old fine cognacs and is consumed neat. It is very expensive, at about $175 per bottle.
- 150: Grand Marnier 150, technically called Cuvee Speciale Cent Cinquantenaire ("Special Sesquicentennial Edition"), is the finest type of Grand Marnier. It is made with 50-year-old cognacs. It approaches $300 per bottle.