When I was younger I used to love a liqueur/digestif after the meal. A glass of cognac, armagnac, Chartreuse, sambucca, calvados, port. Somehow I don't want it any more. But Grand Marnier... We were having strawberries tonight and I reached for the bottle of Grand Marnier to sprinkle a few drops over them. The smell was gorgeous. And the taste too.
Funny, I too reached for the GM today - I put a splash into the egg mixture I used to make Mrs I's French Toast. I once tasted one of the more expensive variants - the label was painted on the glass in gold - I've since found that mixing regular with GM with run of the mill cognac produces a close approximation.
I haven't given up on port though - had a 92 Quinta do Vesuvio last night to celebrate Mrs I's birthday (along with some St. Agur and Delice de Bourgogne).
I love GM and Imec, I love Port and am just beginning to sample different ones. As you probably have seen on the thread about which 5 countries one would like to visit, I put Portugal.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Well, if you go to Lisbon, make sure to schedule more than one visit to one or more of the "Solars" - they're lounges run by the body which certifies Port Wine, the Instituto do Vinho do Porto. They serve a dizzying variety of ports by the glass or bottle at ridiculously low prices. I tasted a 50 year old colheita in the Lisbon Solar which literally danced on my tongue.
When I was young GM was a regular dessert ingredient. Macaroons, fruit, ice cream, cake, all likely to be splashed. I've got a bottle in the cupboard but forget it's there. Thanks for the reminder. Strawberries are excellent, I like chocolate ice cream with GM too.
Grand Marnier was always my favourite liqueur, but Cointreau isn't all that different even though it lacks that magnificent golden tint. And after the holidays, Cointreau is often on special whereas Grand Marnier never seems to be. Today Cointreau was 34% off at Carrefour so I snapped up a bottle, yay!
I drank my last Cointreau on the 23rd of july, 1993. Or maybe the last of the 4 was on 24th, 1 am or 2 am. It was a memirable evening, starting at 10 pm at our favourite restaurant. 2 glass of Champagne, one bottle of white + one of red (for both of us) then 4 Cointreaux. 4 vieille prune for my fiancee.
Never been able to drink the stuff ever since. 🤢🤢🤢🤢