Grand Marnier

(n.) A French brand of orange-flavored liqueur used in mixed drinks, served neat as a digestif or used as an ingredient in desserts (most famously, flambéed in Crepes Suzette). Created in 1880 by cognac producer Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, the recipe includes cognac, distilled orange essence (citrus was still an exotic scent at the time) and sugar. It’s then aged in new French oak vats for six to eight months and bottled at 80 proof. Considered one of the higher quality orange liqueurs, this product can be used in making the Margarita, Cosmopolitan and the Sidecar.