The Millionaire Cocktail

A new twist on a recipe created in 1925, Bourbon and Grand Marnier meet in this cocktail, which uses freshly-made grenadine for a sweet pomegranate punch.
The Millionaire Cocktail / Photo by Con Poulos

From The Bourbon Bartender: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the American Spirit (Sterling Epicure, 2017), by Alla Lapushchik & Jane Danger.

This update of a classic­ cocktail created in 1925 at the Carlton Hotel in London tastes like a million bucks, and it gets its deep blush from grenadine (pomegranate syrup). If you seek a nonalcoholic tipple, mix the grenadine with spicy ginger beer for a high-end take on the classic Shirley Temple.

Rosé Beyond Wine
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce grenadine (recipe below)
  • 1 egg white

In cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients until frothy. Add ice, and shake again. Strain into chilled coupe glass.

Ingredients for Dry Grenadine
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon rosewater
  • Peel of 1 large orange

Over medium heat, cook ingredients for 10 minutes. Strain out peel. Refrigerated, it will keep up to 3 weeks.

Published on January 16, 2018
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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