Cointreau Fizz – Cocktails on the front line…

So in this follow up to the Cointreau Fizz Garden post, I thought I’d share the cocktails that they offered us…

There are in total and they range from the simple to the extravagant, with a flavour for everyone’s palate…

So let’s begin:

The Original Cointreau Fizz Cocktail

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

Top up soda water

Garnish with a lovely summer flower.

Method: Build the ingredients over ice in the serving glass. Stir, garnish and serve.

A great classic, this ‘fizz’ cocktail is both crisp and refreshing. Offering a generous dose of Cointreau and that magical cocktail ingredient: Fresh Lime.

 

Cointreau Fizz, Orange

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

Garnish with lime and orange wedges.

Method: Same as the original, only you garnish with orange & lime wedges. Squeeze them into the drink if you like.

This version really brings out the orange flavour of the Cointreau. It adds a little boost to its orange flavours and helps you distinguish it from the lime. Perfect for those who love Cointreau and want to make the most of the liqueur.

Cointreau Fizz, Raspberry

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

Garnish with fresh raspberries on a skewer.

Method: Same as the original, only you garnish with the raspberries, drop in a lime wedge for some extra zing.

This is a bit more of a summer special over here, find some fresh raspberries and go a bit mad. If you want a bit more flavour, you can add some raspberry puree in the glass (or muddle some raspberries with the lime juice to make a more, raw version).

Cointreau Fizz, Cucumber

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

Garnish with fresh cucumber shavings.

Method: same as the original, only you add cucumber to the lime garnish.

This drink is very refreshing, with a very crisp cucumber flavour. This version is perfect for those with a preference for more savoury drinks (as opposed to the sweet variations).

NOW THINGS GET REALLY INTERESTING…

Cointreau Fizz, Strawberry & Mint

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50ml cointreau

½ lime squeezed

4-5 fresh strawberries

5 Fresh Mint Leaves

Top up soda water

Garnish with a fresh mint sprig & strawberry hull.

Method: In a Boston shaker combine the lime, strawberries and mint, then muddle. Fill with ice and add the Cointreau. Shake until the tin ices over. Strain into an ice filled glass and top up with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig and a strawberry hull.

This was one of the drinks I tried on the night, and boy was it refreshing. The mint and strawberry combined brilliantly to supply a nice hit of summer in a very chilled manner. Definitely one to try.

Cointreau Fizz, Cucumber & Basil

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50ml Cointreau

½ lime squeezed

Fresh cucumber portions (about 8-10 small chunks)

4 fresh basil leaves

Top up soda water

Garnish with a fresh basil leaf & cucumber slice.

Method: like the strawberry & mint fizz this is a shaken drink… Using a Boston shaker, muddle the cucumber, basil & lime and add ice. Add in the Cointreau and shake until the tin becomes frosted (ices over). Strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber and a basil leaf.

Another refreshing drink, this was one of the event favourites. Both refreshing and savoury the basil and cucumber supplied a nice chilled feel to an otherwise muggy summer evening. Along with the mint and strawberry fizz, this was one of the best drinks supplied.

Cointreau Fizz, Mint Tea

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

50ml cold black tea

3 fresh mint leaves

Top up soda water

Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Method: This drink, again, requires a Boston shaker to prepare. In a Boston shaker add the mint, Cointreau, lime and tea. Fill with ice and shake until the tin becomes frosted. Strain into an ice filled glass and top up with soda water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves (use a sprig it you want).

Again this is a very refreshing, ‘herby’ drink. The mint & tea work brilliantly together and supply a gentle but fresh kick. Combined with the Cointreau and lime this drink surely is the epitome of a summer ‘cold tea’ cocktail. Try using different flavoured tea’s and herbs to create your own distinct version…

Cointreau Fizz, Passion & Pepper

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50ml Cointreau

½ Lime squeezed

2 fresh passion fruits

1 thin slice of thai chilli pepper

Top up soda water

Garnish with a Thai chilli pepper.

Method: Using a Boston shaker, shake all of the ingredients (NOT including the soda water) over ice until the shaker’s tin frosts over. Strain into an ice filled glass and top up with soda water. Garnish with a whole Thai chilli pepper.

This is the strangest fizz cocktail on the list, and to be honest it was the one I really wanted to experience. Alas they did not have this one for us to try, but that won’t stop me creating one at home. Try it yourselves using different chilli’s for different heat levels. Also, for an added kick, try scoring the garnish pepper and as you work your way through the drink it should become warmer…

 

So that’s it. All the Cointreau Fizz cocktails available at the events are listed above. From the simple, yet elegant, original to the more complicated shaken varieties there surely is one for everyone. And the best thing about these fizz cocktails? – You can try any flavour you want! Just add a few chunks of your chosen fruit into a shaker with the base ingredients and use the same fruit to garnish it at the end. Just try to keep the levels of Cointreau and lime the same (they are the core ingredients after all!).

Recipes for all these cocktails among others can be found on Cointreau’s official website:

www.Cointreau.com

Or, for a straight link to the cocktails, click here:

http://www.cointreau.com/cocktails-5.html

For my post on the Cointreau fizz garden event itself please check out the following link (or find it on my home page):

https://theferventshaker.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/cointreau-fizz-garden-25-06-2013/

Disclaimer: Whilst the pictures and recipes (along with the rights that go with them) belong to Cointreau and their parent company Remy Cointreau, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are no way influenced by Cointreau or any of its affiliates. – Basically I’m unbiased. That’s how I role!

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