|Cointreau Blood Orange|
Cointreau is a triple sec style orange liqueur invented in 1875 in Angers in the Loire Valley. I visited the region last year, read about it Angers. The whole operation is incredible. Its museum is rich in the history of the company including everything from advertising to design to the bottling process, from the inception of the beverage up to nowadays.
Jean's son Edouard achieved cocktail culture immortality for the company when he created the namesake liqueur from bitter and sweet orange peels. He used a beet sugar-based spirit - technically a rum but highly refined into a more neutral spirit. Sugar was added, and the result was the orange liqueur we know today.
Cointreau Blood Orange is a new expression of this famed liquor, and it is as versatile. Made with specially selected blood oranges originally from Corsica, L'Ile de Beaute', this distillation achieves the right balance between the sweet and the bitter of the citrus peels.
|Cointreau Blood Orange - Launch|
At the event launch which took place at the iconic Royal Opera House in London, we had a sneak peak of what goes on behind-the-scenes at rehearsals - it was all fascinating. After that, we were guided to another beautifully decorated room with a magnificent centre table with all paraphernalia and ingredients for the guests to make their own cocktail or long drink. There were plenty of Blood Orange Cocktails being served as well. That was fun! We all got a bottle to take away so that we could continue the party at home. Cointreau Blood Orange is also delicious drunk on the rocks.
Make a delicious cocktail with Cointreau Blood Orange at home; this one is smooth and citrous
Cointreau Orange Velvet cocktail recipe
Cointreau Orange Velvet cocktail
¾ Part Cachaça or Rhum
2 ½ Parts Blood Orange Juice
¾ Part Blood Orange Cointreau
½ part of simple syrup
1 Slice Orange to garnish
1) Fill the serving glass with ice cubes, reserve.
2) Add all ingredients and some more ice to a shaker
3) Shake well. Strain the cocktail into the serving glass on the rocks.
4) Garnish with orange.
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The new Cointreau Blood Orange 50cl will be available at selected Waitrose stores from June 2017 RRP £17/bottle
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