OK, so you’re making a cocktail that lists triple sec or Cointreau as an ingredient– but you only have Grand Marnier on your liquor shelf… Can you use it instead?
Short answer: Yes!
GRAND MARNIER IN COCKTAILS
Sooooooo… You have to adjust your recipe slightly in order to account for the added sweetness and weight that GM brings to the table. But it’s still doable!
Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite cocktails, the Sidecar drink, a popular sour cocktail. Typically, you’ll see a Sidecar recipe call for triple sec or Cointreau, but we’re using Grand Marnier instead to show you how you can sub it into a cocktail recipe calling for triple sec.
SIDECAR COCKTAIL WITH COINTREAU
With a minor adjustment, you can easily use Grand Marnier if that’s what you have in your liquor cabinet. First, let’s look at the original recipe so we can compare this classic cocktail recipe to the slightly updated version below.
Classic Sidecar Recipe:
- 2 oz VS or VSOP Cognac
- 0.75 oz Cointreau
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
SIDECAR WITH GRAND MARNIER
- First, you have flavored cognac on top of cognac, which is going to add some extra weight and sweetness to the cocktail. This gives the mouthfeel a little more texture, which is in part why I also made the following change below.
- Second, your cocktail is going to be a little boozier, which is why I upped the amount of lemon juice to offset the added sweetness and the higher ABV.
- Third, traditionally the Sidecar is served with ¾-1 oz of Cointreau, but I lowered the amount for the reasons above.
There are only 2 small changes to adjust for the extra sweetness and weight and find the perfect balance between the Grand Marnier and other ingredients, so it’s pretty easy to substitute Grand Marnier for Cointreau in this case.
Definitely let us know in the comments what you think of this alternative version to the original Sidecar!
Sidecar with Grand Marnier
- 2 oz Cognac
- 0.5 oz Grand Marnier
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Orange Twist For Garnish
- Granulated Sugar Optional Sugar Rim
- Rim a coupe glass with sugar and set aside.
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake to mix, chill, and dilute.
- Fine-strain (double strain) into your sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with a piece of orange twist or lemon peel.