La Vie En Rouge Cocktail

La Vie En Rouge Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
184 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 67mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

La vie en rouge translates from French to mean "life in red." It's a fitting name for this delightful drink from Grand Marnier. It makes an amazing holiday cocktail that is sure to be a favorite at any Christmas gathering.

The drink is a refreshing and simple mix of cranberry and Grand Marnier, enhanced with the sweet aroma and flavor of rosemary. These three flavors come together for a fragrant, fruity, and lovely cocktail that is incredibly easy to mix up. You can also make it by the pitcher, an option that always makes entertaining go smoothly.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, add 10 to 12 rosemary needles and the simple syrup. Muddle lightly.

  3. Add the orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy.

Fresh-Pressed Cranberry Juice

When cranberries are in season, this drink is amazing with freshly pressed cranberry juice. The fruit is very tart on its own, so if you want to simply muddle them in the shaker, you may need to add more simple syrup (try 3/4 ounce).

Another option is to sweeten the cranberries with a traditional stovetop method that's often used to prepare cranberries for food recipes. For fresh cranberry juice, you'll need 1 cup of cranberries, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of sugar.

  1. In a saucepan that's large enough so the cranberries are in a single layer, cover the berries with water and add the sugar.
  2. Use medium heat and keep stirring until all the cranberries pop.
  3. Remove from the heat right away and let it cool.
  4. You can then muddle the berries the rest of the way in the pan and strain out the solids. Alternatively, add the amount needed to your shaker, muddle them with the rosemary, and fine strain the cocktail by using a mesh strainer over the glass.

How Strong Is a La Vie En Rouge?

Grand Marnier may be a liqueur but it's actually as strong as the majority of tequilas, vodkas, and whiskeys. Bottled at 80 proof, this cocktail is not going to be as light as you might think. It's not too strong, though, and mixes up to 13 percent ABV (26 proof), which is similar to wine.

Recipe Variation

When making this drink by the pitcher, it's easier to skip the muddle and make rosemary simple syrup instead.

  • For a 60-ounce pitcher, combine 20 ounces (2 1/2 cups) each of Grand Marnier and cranberry juice with 6 ounces (3/4 cup) each of lemon juice and rosemary syrup. Stir and adjust to taste (more cranberry or syrup for sweetness or lemon juice if it's too sweet).
  • Serve the chilled punch in glasses filled with ice, adding a few rosemary needles or a lemon twist as a garnish. It should create 13 four-ounce servings.
  • If you'd like a stronger rosemary flavor, add a full sprig to the pitcher and let it infuse for a few hours. Remove it once it reaches your desired flavor.
  • The punch (or the single drink) can also be topped with sparkling wine or a light soda to make it more refreshing.