My drink of choice is more or less always wine. White, red, sparkly, or rosé doesn’t matter as long as it’s not sweet and some relatively good quality. Every now and again though, I venture out of my comfort zone and try something different. I had a period of loving rum and coke, I was obsessed with Pina Colada when I was on holiday in Tobago, and I would never say no to anything coconutty such as Malibu. Recently I was introduced to Cointreau, and now I’m a Cointreau Fizz convert.
Cointreau is an orange-flavoured liqueur made in France. It’s a brand of triple sec and was originally called “Curaçao Blanco Triple Sec”. It’s commonly used as part of cocktails but can also be served on its own as an apéritif or digestif. I’m not a big fan of drinking spirits on its own as it’s too strong, so I tried a few variations of the cocktail Cointreau Fizz.
The Cointreau Fizz is supposed to contain 5 cl of Cointreau, 2 cl fresh lime juice, and 10 cl sparkling water. Simple and effective! I ventured slightly out of the original recipe and made 2 different versions of my own. In the first one I had 5 cl Cointreau, 2 cl fresh lime juice, 10 cl lemon flavoured Indian tonic water. Very similar to the original Cointreau Fizz; it’s very simple to make but the orange flavour of the Cointreau and the zing of the citrus fruits are enough to make the drink a winner.
The second version of the Cointreau Fizz I made was a tropical spin of the original. Again I started with 5 cl Cointreau, 2 cl of fresh lime juice, and then added a pineapple, coconut, and lime juice from The Skinny Cracker Drinks Co. Together with lots of ice it was an absolutely deliciously tropical drink without being too sweet and sickly. The orange flavour of the Cointreau definitely goes well with the tropical flavours of pineapple and coconut.
A drink to try for next weekend perhaps? What’s your favourite cocktail? Let me know on Twitter as I’m always on the lookout for new things to try!