Enjoy Cocktail Hour At Home With Cointreau

Fun, classic cocktails for this year's slightly reimagined festive season.

If you’re looking to improve your cocktail repertoire as the nights draw in, why not explore the classics? Cointreau is at the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cocktails, bringing balance, depth and flavour. 

Much like the rest of 2020, this winter is going to be less than typical. For many of us, the only place we can now meet is outdoors and it’s hard to imagine the lead up to Christmas without the usual line-up of buzzy after-work drinks and long evenings spent warming up fireside in the local. But even without the cosy comfort of familiar stomping grounds, it is possible to recreate some merry and bright festive cheer at home, and crafting up cocktails is a great place to start. 

There are a plethora of reasons to sharpen your mixologist skills and expand your cocktail repertoire this winter, including saving some cash, bringing the bar to you while quarantining and adding another tool to your hosting arsenal (there is arguably no better 'party trick' than making a truly great drink).

Crystal-clear and 100 per cent natural, Cointreau features in several of the world's most well-known and beloved cocktails thanks to its balance of zesty, fresh and fruity notes. Distilled and crafted in Angers, France since 1885 to capture the most intense aromas from sweet and bitter orange peels, it is the must-have spirit for The Original Margarita cocktail or for other classics including the Cosmopolitan, Sidecar and White Lady. 

Below are four of our favourite moreish Cointreau cocktail recipes to see you through the long autumn nights.

The Original Margarita

A true classic, this original margarita recipe has stood the test of time for over 70 years.

INGREDIENTS:

- 30 ml Cointreau

- 50 ml Blanco tequila

- 20 ml fresh lime juice

METHOD: 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice; Dip the rim of a coupe glass into lime juice then salt to create a salt rim. Strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a slice of lime. 

The COSMOPOLITAN

Better known as ‘The Cosmo’, this is one of the most revered modern Cointreau classics.

INGREDIENTS:

- 20 ml Cointreau

- 40 ml vodka

- 20 ml cranberry juice

- 20 ml fresh lime juice

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; Add ice and shake until well-chilled; Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass; Garnish with an orange twist.

The WHITE LADY

The White Lady, mixed by the actress Lilian Harvey, won a cocktail competition in Berlin in April 1930.

INGREDIENTS:

- 30 ml Cointreau

- 50 ml The Botanist Gin

- 20 ml fresh lemon juice

- 1 egg white  (optional)

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; Add ice and shake until well-chilled; Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass; Garnish with a lemon twist. 

The Sidecar 

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail that has endured generation after generation.

INGREDIENTS: 

- 30 ml Cointreau

- 50 ml Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

- 20 ml fresh lemon juice

METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; Add ice and shake until well-chilled; Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass; Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Enjoy Cointreau sensibly. 

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