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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.

            1. yeah - i had to buy a whole freakin' bottle of the (lovely, but pricey) stuff for 2T that went in the ganache for my buche de noel. Sigh. It was good though, and now I have an excuse to use the rest. We don't have many airline bottles here in WI; people buy their liquor at the grocery store, and they buy in quantity! You can't even find a fifth of anything around here.

              1. Well, you could always make Grand Marnier souffles next!

                1. You could just use orange zest if youwanted to avoid liquer all together. I don't know what quatity of G.M. you need but if its just a splash, a zested orange will work and give plenty of flavor.

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                  1. re: bolivianita

                    Thanks for all the suggestions- it's a baked french toast recipe that calls for just a tsp. of GM. I think the airplane bottle is an excellent idea, actually. Thanks everyone!

                  2. Recipe for Grand Marnie Liqueur:
                    1/3 cup orange zest
                    1/2 cup sugar
                    2 cups French brandy

                    1. Place zest and sugar in bowl and mash together with the back of a wooden spoon until the sugar is absorbed by the zest. Place mixture in a 1 quart container and add brandy. Stir mixture and store in a cool dry place for 3 months.
                    2. Shake at least once daily during storage.
                    3. At the end of 3 months, strain and filter and age for another 3 months in a cool dry place.
                    4. Strain and filter again after 3 months. Makes about 1 pint.

                    1. I use a orange liqour called Mathilde. Its as good as GM and 1/2 the price.