Cordon Rouge is an orange-flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is 40% alcohol (70 Proof in UK, 80 Proof in US). Aside from Cordon Rouge, the Grand Marnier
line includes other liqueurs, most of which can be consumed "neat" as a cordial or a digestif, and can be used in mixed drinks and desserts. In France this kind of use is the most popular, especially with Crêpes Suzette and "crêpes au Grand Marnier". César Ritz reportedly came up with the name "Grand Marnier" for Marnier-Lapostolle, who in return helped him purchase and establish the Hotel Ritz Paris
Cordon Rouge or "Red Ribbon" is orange-flavored brandy liqueur and the original Grand Marnier liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is consumed neat and is also used in mixed drinks and desserts.
Gold Medal World Spirits Competition, San Francisco 2001
4 Star recommendation from F. Paul Pacult’s Kindred Spirits, the Spirit Journal Guide
Cordon Jaune or "Yellow Ribbon" Grand Marnier
is only sold in some European countries and at some major international airports. It is a key ingredient in the regular Cordon Rouge. Cordon Jaune is the triple-sec Curaçao-like liqueur that is blended with Cognac brandy to make Cordon Rouge. Having Cordon Jaune allows one to blend it with any Cognac
brandy of choice, and in any desired proportion. It does not resemble Cordon Rouge or other orange-flavored brandy liqueurs so much as other high-quality, 80 proof triple-sec Curaçao liqueurs, like Cointreau original or Gabriel Boudier Curaçao Triple-sec.
can be used in mixed drinks. Some examples of these include the Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Sidecar, Dirty Harry, Grand Mimosa, B-52, the Grand Marnier Smash, The Grand Smash, The Smash Marnier, The Bloody Smash, The Maced Marnier, The Ace Marnier Smash, Frosty Smash, The Smace, The Grand Hound, The Blood Pug, The Clarke, The Nogley and the Grand Marnier Fireball. The common versions of the Cosmopolitan and the Margarita call for triple-sec Curaçao liqueur, such as Cointreau, instead of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an orange-flavored brandy liqueur.