Grand California: A Divine Sipper, A Perfect Summer Mixer
Napa Valley Distillery’s Grand California (pronounced Gran Cal-i-for-nigh-ay) – their version of Grand Marnier – is an all-natural orange flavored aged California brandy with a touch of sweetness. Upon release it rapidly became their top-selling spirit, and for good reason – it’s stellar for sipping and mixing all year long.
Necessity may be the mother of all invention; however, out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and perseverance for difference is NVD’s motto. Their Grand California spirit is a hybrid cross-bred libation conceived by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian, which began taking shape when he created their now infamous Brandy Cordial. Combined with their expertise infusing Meyer lemon zest in Brandy to craft their award-winning Meyer Lemon Liqueur, they took the next logical step – infusing hand-peeled California heirloom orange zest in their Bourbon barrel-aged Brandy. They then add a kiss of all-natural sugar which highlights and harmonizes the elegant orange and Brandy flavors.
The resulting spirit exemplifies everything for which Napa Valley Distillery stands – innovative, hand-made, small-batch, all-natural spirits that taste more flavorful and amazing than those made by larger global brands – nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
But seriously, as you will experience for yourself, Grand California is delightfully rich in flavor and character as well as bright, and sensual with a fabulously charming candied orange finish – a divine sipper, a perfect mixer.
1.5 oz premium Reposado Tequila
1 oz Napa Valley Distillery Grand California
.75 oz fresh lime juice
Salt for rimming
Rim a cocktail glass with salt and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.