Homemade Grand Marnier?

I am trying to make Homemade Gran Mariner from the recipes this site lists. It says to mix orange peels and liquor together and let "steep 2-3 weeks". Should I cover the mixture? Then it asks to add the sugar water and "let age for 4 weeks". Should I cover that too? Should I leave the mixes open or air seal tighten them? I am afraid if I do seal the mixes that they might explode? Please help to explain this for me. Thanks.

By Hollison Kundtz from Tampa, FL

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September 23, 20090 found this helpful

Definitely seal and cover tightly while steeping or all your alcohol will simply evaporate. Maybe a canning jar.

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November 7, 20180 found this helpful

Dear Hollison, Please read entire recipe and don't laugh! I'm sure you'll all be surprised by the RESULTS! Just happened on this website and noticed your question! Have you had any LUCK?? I happened on a far simpler recipe back in the early 80's and has DEFINITELY been tried and trued. Far less complicated but I'm positive just as fine an end result! Only for one bottle of brandy however and I have never tried to alter IT! Here is MY recipe and instructions.

One gallon size ( pickled egg jar?) Thoroughly cleaned c/w lid
One 26 oz or 750 mil bottle of brandy ( I used a mid priced, not cheap)
One good orange ( small enough to fit into jar AS IS! )
One to 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
A couple of feet of fishing line and some scotch tape

Now the rest is quite simple but EXTREMELY important to follow these instructions. Take your thoroughly cleaned jar and lid and pour in your brandy. Next pour as smooth and slow as possible your sugar into the brandy making sure that your sugar forms a pyramid in the middle of the brandy. DO NOT MIX OR STIR!! Next take your orange and with a large disinfected needle or what have you pass your fishing line through the middle of the orange leaving about the same amount of line out each end of the orange. Tape one end of this line to the outside of the jar. Lower the CLEANED orange into the jar and position approximately 3/4 inch ABOVE the brandy! DO NOT LOWER THE ORANGE INTO THE MIXTURE! Tape the other end of the line in THIS position. Attach the lid as tight as possible. Take your completed jar, making sure to not SHAKE or MIX solution!! Place your jar in a DARK location, like a closet shelf where it will not be disturbed for Four Weeks. At the end of this time the sugar should have completely dissolved into the brandy and your orange will become discolored. Remove the lid and CAREFULLY remove the orange. Your liquid will remain perfectly clear and at this point just AS desired! The only thing at this point will be the desired sweetness, which you can adjust with a white syrup as described in other recipes but I suggest adjusting this at the beginning as this method alters the end result. At this point all I can say is ENJOY!! Please don't try to eat the orange, pretty GROSS! I hope all you folks find this method as enjoyable as I have over the years! Thanks.

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September 22, 2009

I need information on how to make homemade Grand Marnier. I had one before, using vanilla beans, lemons, oranges, 100 proof vodka and sugar. But I don't remember the amounts. Can you help?




Homemade Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier Recipe:

  • 4 medium Oranges
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 2 1/2 cups Vodka
  • 1 cup Brandy
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

    Look for firm, heavy oranges which indicates lots of juice, and smooth skinned ones free from soft spots and mold.
    Wash and peel oranges making sure to scrape ALL white rind from the peels to avoid bitter flavor. Slice in strips and add to liquor and vanilla bean. Steep 2-3 weeks, strain and filter.

    Boil together water and sugar for about 5 minutes at a full boil and be sure the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
    Add sugar syrup to orange liquor and let age for 4 weeks. (04/17/2008)

    By Jeannie

    Homemade Grand Marnier

  • 2 cups cognac
  • 1 medium orange
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

    1. Pour the cognac into a 2 cup jar with a lid (mason)

    2. Peel and section the orange, then slice each of the orange sections in half lengthwise, and add them to the jar along with the sugar.

    3. Cover jar and shake until the sugar is dissolved.


    4. Store the jar at room temp for at least 2 wks, then strain the orange slices and pulp from the liquid.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Treasury 2. This book has tons of recipes for making your own homemade liquor inc. Baily's Irish Cream, Kahlua, French Vanilla Liqueur, Amaretto etc.

    I bought mine at Sam's Club for $9.87, or you can order online at (04/22/2008)

    By Laurie

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  • January 31, 2008

    Someone once told me they had a recipe for making a homemade liquor like Grand Marnier. They were going to email me. I'm still waiting. Anyone out there know of such?

    Tina from northern New York State


    Homemade Grand Marnier

    There is a recipe at . I haven't tried it yet, but I know it's there. (09/06/2005)


    By Anna

    Homemade Grand Marnier

    Here you go; buy one orange, drop into large jar, add 40cubes of sugar and get 40 coffee beans and make 40 small slices and insert these beans in each hole.Then pour a 260z of vodka over this and let it set for 40 days, I know it sounds funny all these 40s but it works and as you know the longer it sets the stronger it gets enjoy. PS: drop the orange in the jar after you put the beans in! (09/07/2005)

    By 80di

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