There’s just something about the French approach that gives life that extra frisson. To wit, July 14 is Grand Marnier Day, celebrating the made-in-France concoction. We asked the mixologists at Miku Toronto to mix up something a little different using the orange-flavoured liqueur. A santé!

Created by Nick Meyer, head bartender at Miku Toronto, this unique cocktail mixes the well-adjusted sweetness of Grand Marnier and marries it with the lemon notes of the Yamayuzu Sake leaving a sophisticated taste on the palette. These notes are balanced perfectly with the herbal edge given from fresh rosemary, and the touch of pineapple juice adds the perfect amount of acidity and a tropical twist. These elements add to a beautiful and long lasting finish.

“She’s So Grand”

1oz Grand Marnier

1oz Tan Taka Tan Shiso Shochu

1/2oz Yama Yuzu Sake

Orange bitters

Splash of pineapple juice

2 rosemary sprigs (1 for cocktail, 1 for garnish)

1 egg white

Begin by dry shaking all ingredients. Follow by adding ice and vigorously shaking the ingredients. Finish by fine straining into coupe and garnish with a rosemary spring.

Miku Toronto (above, the patio) combines traditional Japanese flavours and techniques with local ingredients. The restaurant is most well known for their Aburi sushi (flame-seared sushi) and seafood, their extensive sake and wine list, inventive cocktails and impeccable service.