A Tale of Cointreau Part 3: Why not try these for your own personal enjoyment?


Cointreau is used the world over in some of the most successful cocktails ever created. And even when it’s not the main ingredient (such as a Margarita – where triple sec can be used in its place) it brings something special to that drink, that only Cointreau can. My aim here in this part of the focus is to show how Cointreau can be mixed with virtually all of the main alcohol ‘genres’ (whisky, brandy, vodka, rum, gin etc) and how well it can be implemented in your own experiments.

So what about some cocktail recipes for you to try out with that lovely brown square bottle you’re sure to go out and purchase this Christmas?…

Well here are a few of the classics (which just happen to be some of my favourite drinks)


  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 35ml Tequila
  • 15ml Lime Juice


  • 40ml Vodka
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 20ml Cranberry Juice
  • 10ml Lime Juice

Singapore Slingsingapore sling

  • 30ml Gin
  • 15ml cherry brandy
  • 120ml pineapple juice
  • 15ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 7.5ml Cointreau
  • 7.5ml Benedictine
  • 10ml Grenadine
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish with Slice of pineapple & a maraschino cherry


  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 Part Cointreau
  • 1 Part Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • Lime wedge to garnish & serve over ice.

White Ladywhite lady

  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 40ml gin

Daiquiristrawberry daiquiri

  • 15ml Cointreau
  • 15ml Fresh lime juice
  • 45ml Mount Gay Rum
  • 10ml Sugar syrup

Pegu Club Cocktail pegu club cocktail

  • 3 parts Gin
  • 2 parts Cointreau
  • 1 part Fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lime Wedge to garnish

So as you can see, Cointreau is extremely versatile and can be mixed with virtually any type of alcohol and due to its citrus fruit heritage it mixes extremely well with any citrus juice (especially lime juice it seems).

Whether it’s mixed with pineapple juice in some Caribbean tropical cocktail or some Mexican classic (Margarita) or even some Christmas Pimms cup, Cointreau is extremely useful to have in your collection and can give you something Triple Sec could only ever dream of: unsurpassed flavour.  (likewise for Agave Sec – but that’s a matter for another time).

Merry Christmas everyone, and please remember to drink responsibly. And feel free to leave me any comments should any of you try Cointreau out in your own concoctions.


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