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July 04, 2005

Orange brandy

You can make your own “Grand Marnier,” and it is better than the cheapest of the G.M.’s. Not as good, perhaps as the G.M. Centenaire (made with 100 year old brandy,) but a whole lot better than the “not so cheap anymore” regular G.M. Start with 3 cups of good brandy or cognac, which you can purchase for considerably less than a bad bottle of G.M. Carefully peel 6-7 washed oranges (being careful not to get much—or any of the pith: the white under-peel). Add it to the brandy and let it steep for 3-4 weeks, then strain out the peels. Quite good. Thank Jacques Pepin for this tip.

Posted by The Curmudgeon at July 4, 2005 10:36 AM