If you could describe your personality as a Cointreau drink, what drink would you be? Flirty like the Cointreau Tesse or elegant like the Sidecar? Let’s review the options.
For decades, Cointreau, the world’s leading citrus liqueur, has been an indispensible ingredient in classic and modern cocktail making. The crystal clear spirit, founded by master confectioners Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau in 1849, blends the best orange peels from the Caribbean and Europe to create a palate of sweet, sour and bitter notes. Whether you take it on the rocks or shaken in a cocktail, Cointreau is a versatile triple sec for all occasions, as Alfred Cointreau, the 6th generation representative of the family and Heritage Manager expressed in a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur: “There is a cocktail appropriate for each hour of the day. Before lunch, the Side Car cocktail is good. After lunch, take in on the rocks for digestion,” he said, adding, “and for romantic dinner, maybe a Cosmopolitan, which is nice and sexy.”
Upon first sampling, the orange-based liqueur is intensely sweet, but is quickly countered by a clashing interplay of flavours – tinges of bitterness play off against sweeter varieties, while subtle hints of lemon and grapefruit offer a kind of complexity which makes it an absolute pleasure to sip on. It is perhaps no coincidence that the French-distilled triple sec is one of the best-selling name-brand orange liqueurs in the world.
Sophisticated and classy, you have a taste for the finer things in life. You object to slinging back shots at dive bars, instead, you prefer to rub shoulders with the who’s who of the international bar scene. After all, you were discovered at the magical Harry’s Bar in Paris. How many people can say that?
30 ml (1 oz) Cointreau
30 ml (1 oz) lemon juice
30 ml (1 oz) Rémy Martin VSOP cognac
Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake well, then pour into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Add garnish with an orange twist.
Like the Cointreaupolitan, which strikes a balance between bitter and sweet orange peels, your personality is soft and feminine yet assertive. You know how to let your hair down, but you are also sensible and grounded.
50 ml (1½ oz) Cointreau
20 ml (¾ oz) lemon juice
30 ml (1 oz) cranberry juice
Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake well, and then pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
50 ml (1 ½ oz) of Cointreau
½ fresh lime
100 ml (3 oz) of soda water
Into the glass squeeze the wedges of ½ lime, fill the glass with ice and add Cointreau and top off with soda water.
You are daring and adventurous with an obsession for living life on the edge. You’ve inherited more than just Dita Von Tesse’ name, you both exude an understated sexiness which make men weak in their knees.
40 ml (1 ½ oz) Cointreau
15 ml (½ oz) fresh lemon juice
20 ml (¾ oz) apple juice
15 ml (½ oz) Monin violet syrup
TIP: Don’t forget to frost ginger around the rim of the glass.