It’s the perfect retreat for a late-night cocktail in Montréal.
Grand Marnier and The Ritz-Carlton Montréal have partnered to unveil a permanent 3-year branded space, paying homage to their rich shared history. Le Grand Lounge, located on the 2nd floor above the Palm Court, officially opened to the public Wednesday, September 18.
Le Grand Lounge is the first of its kind in Canada and will feature a specialized historical cocktail menu, offering modern twists on tried and true classics.
Designed by Route 44, Le Grand Lounge pays tribute to Grand Marnier’s iconic brand by creating a luxurious space for guests to enjoy elevated cocktails honoring the rich relationship between Grand Marnier and The Ritz-Carlton.
The two iconic names share a connection dating back to 1880. Grand Marnier was originally named Curaçao Marnier, but when Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle invited his friend, César Ritz, to taste his creation, César Ritz was so taken with it that he suggested a new name: Grand Marnier. “A grand name for a grand liqueur,” he is reputed to have said, ignoring a trend in turn-of-the-century Paris to call everything small, or “petite.” It was that original partnership between Louis-Alexandre and Cesar Ritz which brought us to where we are today, partnering with the Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, where Cesar Ritz himself was present at the Grand opening of the hotel.
“We’re delighted to bring Le Grand Lounge to the Montréal community, and share our vision of eccentric style mixed with the complex, sophisticated taste of our unique beverage blend,” said Alyssa De Bartolo, Brand Manager Grand Marnier Canada. “Montréal is an undeniably influential cultural hub, making it the perfect milieu for our first Canadian lounge.”
After its dazzling reveal, Le Grand Lounge will be open 3 nights a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 8pm and 11pm. With limited space available, Le Grande Lounge is the ultimate hideaway for a late-night cocktail in Montreal. The menu will feature Grand Marnier cocktails such as the Grand Sidecar, Grand Margarita, Grand Collins, Grand Old Fashioned and Cuvée Louis Alexandre VSOP on the Rocks.
Previously sold without an age statement, the new expression of Cuvée Louis-Alexandre VSOP, created by Master Blender, Patrick Raguenaud, is a unique blend of refined VSOP cognac and Liqueur D’Orange. Cuvée Louis-Alexandre VSOP is 82% VSOP cognac (18% orange liqueur) and has an ABV of 40%.
About Grand Marnier
A luxurious French spirit unchanged from 1880 to present day, Grand Marnier’s signature expression, Cordon Rouge, was first created in 1880 in a small city outside of Paris by Louis-Alexandre Marnier- Lapostolle. He experimented for ten years before identifying the perfect balance of smooth Cognac and surprising, flavourful oranges, yielding a refined spirit considered the height of fashion in French society.
Today, the process Louis-Alexandre introduced more than a century ago remains unchanged and has become a staple at restaurants and bars around the world.
Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle’s original idea of blending precious Cognac with a rare variety of Caribbean oranges was not only unprecedented, but avant-garde. It quickly became a must-have in Parisian soirées. At the end of the 19th century, Paris was in the midst of La Belle Epoque, which saw the creation of the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Métro and the Palais Garnier. Millions of visitors flocked to Paris during this time, helping to elevate Grand Marnier into a global phenomenon.
The Grand Marnier family extends to a sophisticated range of Cuvées, including Grand Marnier Centenaire, Grand Marnier 1880 and Grand Marnier Quintessence. Each expression within the Grand Marnier range contains at least 51 percent or more of Cognac.