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Taste the world with Cointreau

Overseas travel may be off the cards for now. But why feel stuck when your taste buds can travel the world…starting now! Invented in or inspired by favourite travel destinations worldwide, these Cointreau cocktails (and just a little imagination!) can take you up, up, and away to exotic climes.

Grab your cocktail shaker now and let the adventure begin! For our first stop, let us transport ourselves to the legendary Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, and travel back into a bygone era.

The Singapore Sling – a taste of the exotic orient

Packed with tasty liquor and fresh tropical fruit juice, the Singapore Sling is said to have been invented by talented Hainanese Long Bar bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, back in 1915. According to legend, this classic drink was allegedly created so that well-to-do colonial ladies could conceal the fact that they were drinking alcohol in public – which just wasn’t the done thing back then.

Pink in colour, the cocktail offers the deceptive appearance of harmless fruit punch. But don’t be fooled. An authentic Singapore Sling contains a potent alcoholic mix of cherry brandy, gin, Cointreau, grenadine, and Dom Benedictine, finished with pineapple juice and lime. 

Fans of the Singapore Sling included authors Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book and other classic tales). 

This is the recipe served today at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

Cointreau Singapore Sling cocktail
Singapore Sling

5ml Cointreau
30ml The Botanist gin
15ml cherry brandy
5ml Benedictine
15ml fresh lime juice
60ml fresh pineapple juice
1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a chilled highball glass
Garnish with a pineapple leaf

To this day a Singapore Sling and the Raffles Hotel is still a quintessential highlight of any visit to Singapore.

Let’s step out of the fabled Long Bar and into a Chinese noodle market, with a unique cocktail that perfectly captures the flavours of the Far East. 

The Nai Nai – just like Great Grandmother used to make

Nai nai cointreau cocktail
Nai Nai Cocktail

The Nai Nai – just like Great Grandmother used to make

The name of this unique and tasty cocktail means Great Grandmother in Mandarin.  It features the five tastes of Chinese cuisine: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter.

25ml Cointreau
60ml The Botanist gin
2 slices jalapeño
1 pinch salt

Muddle jalapeño in honey at the bottom of a shaker tin.
Add remaining ingredients and ice.
Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Now, who doesn’t have a trip to Italy on their bucket list?

Italian Margherita – an Italian twist on a total classic

We may not be able to go there right now, but this unique spin on the Margarita brings the taste of Italy to you. The classic Margarita gets an Italian twist in this custom creation inspired by the world's favorite pizza. The Margherita is a funky combination that comes together deliciously. Buon appetito!

20ml Cointreau
45ml tequila
15ml Disaronno (amaretto)
20ml fresh lime juice
5ml caper salt

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass
Garnish with caper salt rim

Ever wondered what it would be like to cruise the Caribbean playground of the rich and famous? Let’s set sail and find out with the…

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Cointreau Royal Bermuda Yacht Club cockail
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Long in name and big on flavour, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club cocktail is a combination of Cointreau orange liqueur, rum, falernum (a sweet syrup with a slightly spicy flavour) and fresh lime juice. This less well-known classic tropical cocktail is a delicious variation on a daiquiri and a refreshing and tasty drink. Legend has it that the cocktail only obtained its‘ Royal’ prefix after His Royal Highness Prince Albert, scion of British Royalty and Prince of Wales, became club patron.

15ml Cointreau
45ml Mount Gay Silver Eclipse
5ml Falernum
20ml fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Shake with ice.
Strain into a martini or coupe glass

If tropical temperatures get you hot and bothered, let’s take a trip to more northerly climes, with favours redolent of an English country garden.

Spring Florals – a cool climate getaway in a glass

Imagine yourself at a sophisticated garden party on an English country estate, surrounded by green rolling hills, as you craft this floral-forward cocktail recipe and enjoy its extra aromatic, delightfully herbaceous notes – amplified by the unique olfactory qualities of Cointreau.

45ml Cointreau
30ml The Botanist Gin
30ml cranberry juice
15ml fresh lime juice

Add Cointreau, The Botanist Gin, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice into the shaker.
Add ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with a marigold.

From the quiet sophistication of an English country garden, let's cross the Atlantic to New York City – The Big Apple! And while we’re there, let’s try a new take on the cocktail synonymous with the city that never sleeps.

The Sparkling Cosmopolitan – a new bubbly twist on a New York classic

Pink blushed beauty the Cosmopolitan is one of the most revered modern Cointreau classics. And now there’s a way to make it even more of a showstopper: simply add bubbly. This bubbly Cosmopolitan recipe is the perfect cocktail for celebrations of any size. Toast your New York visit with this sparkling take on the blush-pink beauty.

Sparkling Cosmopolitan Coctail
The Sparkling Cosmoplitan

20ml Cointreau
45ml of vodka
15ml fresh lime juice
15ml cranberry juice
60ml champagne to finish (approximately)

Add Cointreau, vodka, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice to shaker.
Add ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain into a champagne flute.
Top with champagne, pouring slowly to prevent overflow.
Garnish with frozen cranberries.

From New York City we cross the continental USA to the west coast and the mighty Pacific Ocean. 

The Mai Tai – a taste of island life

Is there anywhere on earth more seriously chilled out than a South Pacific island?

Created in 1944 by Victor Jules Bergeron known as Trader Vic, The Mai Tai is a classic cocktail made with Cointreau orange liqueur, rum, orgeat syrup, and lime juice. Invented in California and inspired by the tastes of the Pacific, the name of this drink is taken from the Tahitian phrase "mai tai-roa aé", which means "out of this world the best!"

Try mixing one today and we’re sure you’ll agree.

Cointreau Mai Tai cocktail
Mai Tai

15ml Cointreau
45ml Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
15ml orgeat syrup
20ml fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a tiki or a highball glass filled with ice

For the last stop on our worldwide adventure, let’s return to France, home of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre…and of course, Cointreau. Today, every bottle is still distilled at the Carré Cointreau in Angers, France, the brand’s only distillery.

In creating his renowned liqueur, which would go on to conquer the world, Édouard Cointreau developed absolute expertise in orange, revealed in all its subtlety, according to the expression dear to Édouard Cointreau “In the four corners of the world.” From Brazil to Spain, Ghana to Senegal, Cointreau sources its sweet and bitter orange peels from respected producers before blending them to perfection, to create a unique liqueur that is the essential key to over 350 of the world’s cocktail recipes.

Perhaps, your journey could start right here:

The Cointreau Cocktail

The Cointreau Cocktail
Cointreau Cocktail

The Cointreau Cocktail

An absolute classic, this cocktail was created in the mid-1920s in Nice in France, at the Winter-Palace Hotel.

45ml Cointreau
45ml sweet vermouth
4 dashes Angostura bitters

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

And there you have it – a trip around the world in 8 cocktails without even leaving home. With a bottle of Cointreau in your liquor cabinet, a world of exotic destinations awaits. The only decision you have to make is, where to begin.

On behalf of all at Carré Cointreau, we wish you Bon Voyage.