“The love that moves the sun and the other stars”, the eternal, pure love. Not all stories have a happy ending and not always love follows our expectations. “Unconventional love” Is the name of this mini capsule collection of cocktails made with Grand Marnier and inspired by literature. Three novels, three unconventional love stories and three recipes to create the right elixir. For every Valentine’s Day that is celebrated by someone, there are as many that remain hidden, and this is a tribute to all the lovers that live in another dimension. Sleeping hearts, broken hearts, cold or lonely hearts. But also hearts that beat strong and love forever, or hearts that love secretly but can not make any declarations, that beat like crazy but must remain silent. For this delicious infusion to be served hot, I let myself be inspired by one of my favorite novels: “Chéri” by Colette set in Paris in 1912. A love story that starts and neither of them immediately recognizes its importance. 25-year age difference. He is young, beautiful and vain. She is mature, refined and rich. But Cheri and Lea fall in love, even if they do not know it. They realize it only when it’s too late. They fight against two major difficulties: a very young woman betrothed to Cheri and the insurmountable weight of the passing of time, which leaves its marks on Lea’s face and anticipates the announcement of a decline.

“Cheri was shocked. Many years passed before they realized that they had been unjustly punished: Lea for being born many years before him, and Cheri for not understanding that Lea was the only woman who he could ever love… “

Today’s recipe is dedicated to all people who love in any way and who believe especially in the power of love regardless of age, gender and race. Prepare a cup, perhaps similar to the one Lea was holding during the days she spent lounging. It’s like going back to the Belle Epoque, an intrigue of unique flavors ready to warm your hearts.

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Recipe. FOR 1 GLASS

30 ml (1 fl oz) Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge + 60 ml (2 fl oz) water + 2 teaspoons of lemon juice + 4 teaspoons of orange blossom honey + 1 ginger and cinnamon tea bag.

In a small saucepan (or kettle) add the Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge and water. Heat without boiling. Pour into the cup, add the lemon juice and honey. Mix well and soak the ginger and cinnamon tea bag for 1 minute. Then add an orange peel and get ready to experience a wonderful moment.


Credits MaG Marnier: Francesco Mandrà

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