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Cointreau

Cointreau Liqueur

 

By Robert Plotkin
http://www.cointreau.com

Cointreau Liqueur is recognized around the world as a timelessly classic liqueur. The incomparable brand was created in 1849 by Frenchman Edouard Cointreau, in Angers in the Loire Valley. Passed down from generation to generation, the recipe for Cointreau Liqueur has remained a secret since its inception.

The explanation behind the liqueur's enduring popularity begins with how it's made. Cointreau is crafted from a complex blend of sweet orange peels from Spain, France and Brazil. They are then combined with bitter, unripe orange peels from South America. A portion of the peels are dried in the sun prior to distillation, the rest are distilled fresh. The peels are macerated in alcohol and when the infusions have reached their peak flavor, distilled in copper alembic stills. The distillery has nineteen stills, each of which was designed specifically to produce this liqueur.

Cointreau personifies sophistication. It has ideal clarity, a satiny textured, medium-weight body, with an impressively focused bouquet of freshly cut oranges. The liqueur glides over the palate with a tingling wash of sweet orange flavor with subtle bitter notes. The citrus experience continues long into the lingering finish.

Cointreau is particularly versatile in making cocktails. Impressively, it has a starring role in an long list of cocktails, both classic and contemporary. Cointreau was there at the inception of the Sidecar, Margarita and Cosmopolitan. How many other liqueurs have a résumé that impressive?

 


Cointreau Recipes

Absolut Mandarin Martini
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Absolut Mandrin
1/2 oz. Cointreau
Stir and strain
Orange twist garnish
After Hours Cocktail
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. orange juice
Stir and strain
Orange twist garnish
Amber Sidecar
Sugar rimmed cocktail glass, chilled
Add to an empty mixing glass
3/4 oz. Limoncello
2 lime slices
2 lemon slices
2 orange slices
Muddle contents and add ice
1 1/2 oz. Drambuie
3/4 oz. Cointreau
Shake and double strain
Orange slice garnish