Cocktail Cookies

If you know me, you know I have a sweet tooth. I can’t resist any type of cake, cookie, ice cream, you name it. So when Grand Marnier Cocktail Macaroons arrived on my desk I couldn’t resist trying them out, even though it was before noon. In the words of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf: OMFG! Of course, it comes as no surprise. The macaroons are made by award-winning pastry chefs Francois Payard and Nicolas Boussin. What’s inside is a creamy cocktail gelee with just the slightest hint of Grand Marnier. Inspired by four different cocktails, the macaroons come in four distinct flavors: Grand Cosmo, Grand Margarita, Grand Mojito and my favorite, Orange Crush.

Grand Marnier Orange Crush
1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
2 fresh orange wedges
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Muddle orange wedges with bitters and lemon juice in a mixing glass. Add Grand Marnier and ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Grand Marnier Cocktail Macaroons, $3 per macaroon/$18 for 4-piece gift set, are available exclusively at Payard Patisserie & Bistro.

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