Three Grand Marnier Summer Cocktails to Bring to Your Fall Picnic

There’s only one more week until summer ends, but if you still want a taste of the season as we transition into fall, try whipping up one of these full-flavored Grand Marnier cocktails for your next social distanced picnic.

As the leaves change and the weather cools down the scorching heat, it’s the perfect time to gather a few friends, sit outside, and catch up. Bring your own blankets and snacks, and sit six feet apart. To make things even safer, the picnic host/cocktail maker can bring out the cocktails in individual plastic cups with lids and festive straws. Don’t forget to wear your masks as you arrive at the spot where you’ll meet your friends.

Our fave on this list of cocktails is the Grand Sangria Blanche. Grand Marnier is one of our fave things to add to our own red sangria recipe, and this white Sangria is a lighter (and easier to make) version of that.

For a classic and simple cocktail, go with the Grand 75, which includes French Champagne and an Orange Twirl garnish. For a more crisp and citrusy vibe, go with the Grand Collins.

Small social distance picnics have been one of our fave ways to connect with friends since lockdown ended earlier in the year. Take a peek at the ingredients and enjoy!

The Cocktails

Grand 75 Cocktail, Courtesy of Grand Marnier

Grand 75


1.5  parts of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

.75 parts of Fresh Lemon Juice

1 bar spoon of Simple Syrup

2 parts of Dry French Champagne

Garnish:  Orange Twirl


Combine Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a chilled flute or coupe glass. Top with dry French champagne. Garnish with an orange twirl.

Grand Collins Cocktail, Courtesy of Grand Marnier

Grand Collins


1.5 parts of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

.75 parts of Fresh Lemon Juice

1 bar spoon of Simple Syrup

Top with Soda

Garnish:  Lemon Wheel


Build in a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Grand Sangria Blanche, Courtesy of Grand Marnier

Grand Sangria Blanche


1 part of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

4 parts White Wine (Pinot Grigio)

2 ripe Peaches, pitted and cut into eight wedges

1 Orange, thinly sliced

1 Lime, thinly sliced


Add all of the ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve in a wine glass over ice.

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