Are you looking to make some perfect cocktails to enjoy while watching an awards show? Or maybe you want to woo your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Why not use Cointreau to make it happen?
When it comes to making a perfect cocktail, there are certain ingredients that seem like a must-have. One of those ingredients happens to be Cointreau, an orange-flavoured triple sec liqueur that acts as a perfect mix in any number of amazing cocktail recipes.
And while we might turn to Cointreau for our margaritas and cosmopolitan, there are plenty of other drink recipes that we can make using this particular liqueur. With Valentine’s Day upon us, as well as awards show season being well underway, this is the perfect time to try making some new drinks to wow your friends and maybe even your sweetheart with.
Luckily for us, Cointreau has some great suggestions for easy to make cocktails that only require a few steps to make perfection happen.
Up first we have a drink called The Sidecar, which requires 0.75 ounces of Cointreau, 1.5 ounces of Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, and 0.75 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice. In a shaker, you combine these three ingredients with ice. Then shake together and strain into a glass that a rim of sugar. If you want to kick this up a notch, just add a garnish of lemon and you are good to go. (And this is definitely an excellent drink option for watching an awards show… Oscars anyone.)
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The second drink they recommend is called Between the Sheets and once again you need just 0.75 ounces of Cointreau, as well as 1 ounce of Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, 1 ounce of Mount Gay Silver rum, and 0.5 ounces of fresh lemon juice. Once again you will need to combine all of these ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake it up with ice. Then it is as simple as straining it into a martini glass and you’re ready to drink.
Finally we have the Stroke of Midnight, which is my personal favorite cocktail. For this one you need 1 ounce of Cointreau, 0.25 ounces of Grenadine (I made mine two different ways, once with Pomegranate Grenadine, and once with regular Grenadine), and finally 4 ounces of Champagne. In a champagne flute you will first pour in the Cointreau and Grenadine, then top it with the Champagne and add an orange twist as a garnish.
Honestly, all three of these drinks are perfect for any occasion, and they seem especially perfect for Valentine’s Day and watching an awards show with friends. There are plenty of other drinks you can make with this particular liqueur, and I am definitely excited to make more of the Stroke of Midnight cocktail for the next brunch with friends.
Are you a Cointreau fan? What’s your favorite cocktail recipe to make using this liqueur? Will you try making any of these recipes for yourself? Tell us what you think in the comments.