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Dec 29, 2006 06:14 PM

substituting for Grand Marnier?

I am attempting a recipe for the first time that calls for 1 tsp of Grand Marnier. I would rather not buy a bottle for a single teaspoon, is there anything I can use to substitute for this? TIA!

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  1. I would think any orange flavored liqueur like triple sec or curacao or i bet some orange juice and brandy/cognac mixed together.if you think its going for the orange flavor more maybe just orange juice itself.Maybe even something like absolut mandarin or another flavored vodka.I am no cook and don't know the recipe but these are some ideas.

    1. Though the above suggestions seem like good ones, it would be helpful to know what you were making in order to figure out how the Grand Marnier factors into the entire recipe and what substitutions would work best.

      1. If you have a well stocked liquor store nearby, you may also be able to find an "airplane bottle" sized Grand Marnier or Cointreau...

        1. Go to your local liquor store or Beverages and More (aka BevMo) and get an "airline" bottle of Gran Marnier. I do this frequently for recipes that call for just a little.

          And really, there is no substitute for Gran Marnier. Really.

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          1. Buy the Mexican orange liqueur called Controy. You'll find it in any liquor store worthy of the name, packaged in a square green bottle. It's what's used instead of Gran Marnier in 99.9% of the margaritas sold in Mexico. The flavor and mouth feel are identical to Gran Marnier. It costs less than a third the price.