The Vices

Anise Spirit Dinner: Grand Marnier

I can’t believe we’ve come to this and in such a short amount of time. Anise Global Gastrobar had its last spirit dinner of the year last night. Grand Marnier was the star of the show. I looked forward to this dinner because Grand Marnier has a very special place in my heart. My first job after graduating college was doing promotional work as a brand amabassador. One of the many brands I got to work for was Grand Marnier. They were always so much fun!

Let’s take a look at some yesteryear photos, shall we…

All the girls had to wear red wigs. You definitely couldn’t miss us if you tried.  We gave out shots of GrandMa in test tubes and gave out little trinkets if you bought a drink.

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THIS was a super fun event. I think it was at Shephard’s Clearwater Beach Resort. We had branded towels, beach balls, sunglasses…. me with long hair.

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So back to last night. These were the featured spirits.

This Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach was delicious. It reminded me of these Asian Flower Kiss candies.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge. A blend of premium cognacs and wild tropical oranges from the Caribbean. It smells amazing. I remember coming home with the scent of GrandMa on my hands from pouring so many drinks and I wasn’t mad about it.

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What’s that?! A leather Anise flask!!!! A little something is in the works. Pretty soon you’ll be able to have one of your own. Maybe you’ll fill yours up with some GrandMa.

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The menu.

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The beautiful table settings.

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And the beautiful ceiling.

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There she goes again. Such a beauty.

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The Welcome cocktail.

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Introducing: The Grand Soda

Sesame oil washed Appleton Estate Rum, organic spiced rum, hibiscus maple syrup, citrus and vanilla infused Grand Marnier soda to top it off.

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Orange scallop ceviche!

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Butternut Squash Taco

And the cutest mini clothespin I definitely kept.

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Absolutely delicious. So much flavor and texture in one bite.

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Justin Cochren, the National Brand Ambassador at Marnier-Lapostolle, addressing the hungry and thirsty masses.

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Foie Gras Creme Brulee

Grand Marnier and berry marmalade and grilled baguette.

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Not pictured: Necessary extra baguette.

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Cocktail prep.

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Delicious orange garnish with chile salt. DELICIOUS.

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OoOOoOHHH yEAAAAhhhHH.

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The French and their Cigarettes

Russel’s Reserve 10 Year Bourbon, applewood smoked Grand Marnier, Orange Blossom Honey switchel reduction and chile salt.

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Chef Mary addressing the very happy crowd.

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Fruits et Legumes

Espolon Silver Tequila, house guava cordial, bell pepper, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach and citrus.

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Braised Short Rib

Espresso rub, orange- scented sweet potato puree.

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That decadent sauce was made with a Grand Marnier reduction.

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Presentation game demands “Pinkies Out.”

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The making of Cafe Laundre.

Coffee-butter washed Kappa Pisco, Averna, pimento dram and Grand Marnier froth.

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A little coffee spritz on the Grand Marnier froth.

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Dessert was a triple threat!

Black and Bleu

Locally sourced Bleu cheese tart [cheese is from Winter Haven], Grand Marnier poached pear and dark chocolate and pecan truffle in a candied orange peel nest.

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The gift bags were not lacking. You can catch a glimpse of mini GrandMa bottles!!!

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There were minis of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, Grand Marnier and berry marmalade and Grand Marnier CIGARS!!!!

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A bottle of this lovely lovely 100 year old Cognac XO was gifted to Anise and we all finished the night with a tasting.

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If you remember when we started this year’s journey of spirit dinners, I mentioned that my mother is not a drinker. She took joy in saying “No.” This is her sipping some of that 100 year. MISSION COMPLETED.

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Special thanks to the lovely friends over at Grand Marnier for working with the Anise Family and helping us have such a wonderful evening. Cheers!


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